BY: FRED PRUITT
MAY 26, 2003 – UPDATED JUNE 6, 2004
This below is a short letter from someone and my answer below, (lots longer of course), and I have even added several paragraphs to it at the end, so that it comes out a bit different than it did last year. God bless, Fred
I am dealing with a lady who is wonderful in her Christian belief and does a great job in her work of Managing the Village where we live. However, she has problems when people are unkind or unthankful – reasoning that because she serves them so well, this should not be so. You would get the picture.
Do you have an Grubb extract or other brief writing that might address those issues in right ways? Please send it to me if you have.
Thank you for writing.
I’m pretty sure I have an idea of the problem you describe. I run into it a lot because I experience the same thing in my own mind when I “think people should be kind or thankful” because I have given to them in some way.
I can’t think of anything particularly that Norman wrote that deals with that, nor anything in particular I have written. Norman in general always said that in “pointing fingers” at other people we have three pointing back at ourselves, since in a general sense what goes on in the lives of others is not usually our business, and not usually ours to judge or determine which course is best for others. That’s common sense, as well as the general way we live in the world.
But obviously there are times when we become involved and are God’s agents to move things one way or another as the Spirit moves us. But even in that we tread lightly, because God is still individual in each.
So those are general things I can say, and it’s difficult to go beyond those general things because I don’t know any other way to respond to the situation you present, since I’m not personally involved.
But I wonder what “result” you’re looking for? Are you looking for a way to “adjust ourselves” where we don’t have the attitude run through our minds that “people ought to show more gratitude when I’ve gone out of my way to do this for them.”
Christ would never have that attitude, right?
So therefore this lady you describe, should not feel this way? Since Christ wouldn’t feel this way?
The thing is, Christ DID feel that way, from time to time. Even expressed it.
There is a pervasive, seemingly worldwide mentality that says that if I were a holy person, I would not ever feel or experience such things as resentment, judgmentalism, hatred, prejudice, jealousy, pride, etc. That if I do feel those things or have those attitudes running through my mind then I am still self-oriented, non-loving, or at the very least unknowledgeable.
I think we give lip service to the fact that Jesus was “tempted in all points like as we.” It means He experienced every thing, every possible thing, which means more than you and I experience because we luckily got a much smaller portion. He experienced EVERY POSSIBLE TEMPTATION any human being could ever experience.
(Interjected thought here: When I begin to think of Jesus being “tempted in all points like as we” and knowing that His Life poured out of the Eternal, the nature of His humanity becomes clearer, because I see more and more the union of God in Christ and ourselves. Were it not for the crying, the hunger, the need, the fire of self, the chaos of freedom, the doubt and uncertainty inherent in existence on a moment by moment basis, there would be no framework, no highway, no riverbed, upon which the Water of Life could flow and inundate and flood. EVERY THING — and that takes in quite a lot — that humanity has experienced, known, been tempted with — Jesus experienced. And in experiencing EVERYTHING ALL of humanity experiences, He walked as the Spirit walked, did the Father’s will, because the pull outward “out” of God’s kingdom became instead for Him a springboard into the ever present Life of the Father within Him.)
Do we understand the nature of temptation? That temptation, which means an almost hypnotic pull towards something something which attracts the fulness of our attention, that that temptation, being drawn out like that, is NOT sin? This is important. Temptation is NOT sin.
The Lamb of God experienced every temptation possible to humanity, and did not sin. He was kept by the Spirit.
As are we.
I cannot say if this lady would ever be delivered from the “feelings” of thinking people were unthankful or unkind when she has been helpful to them.
But I can say that you can believe for her that she will know that she is Christ living in her human form, as her very self portrayed in the world, and that even if she does feel and even express feelings and thoughts such as you have mentioned above, that she would know that Christ lives in her perfectly and overcomes every temptation to believe other than the fact that “what the Father does, I do.” That she would know in her wonderful Christian “beliefs” that she is Christ living, not by any law or rote learning of principles or ways to act or proper attitudes to have, but by raw naked belief in the Life of God perfect in the present moment accomplished by His Spirit and seen by eyes that see.
What is it do we do with ourselves? Are there those of us, who by looking at ourselves just as if we were alone in our humanity, who think we are justified by our behaviors, thoughts, habits, apparent motitvations? Do we find satisfaction when we look there? Are we so very proud of all we see?
No, each of us lives in “blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not inquity.”
Wait a minute, someone will say, “I don’t sin,” while another may say, “I sin every day.” But either way the Lord imputeth not iniquity. One way you get to not worry about it all day and the other way you figure by the end of the day the Lord will re-not-impute (for that day) and tomorrow is another day, when once again he will not impute. Either way no sin found by God. (That’s kind of a big deal.)
And now I’m getting back to “that lady” from above in the story who has all these feelings of people never being kind enough to her or thankful enough to her. What if she never comes through on that, like those of us who have never “come through” on so many things?
If we find faith for ourselves that even in our not coming through on some things, things that maybe we have prayed and sought about all our lives, that in this the Lord imputes no iniquity and we have even learned that He has replaced it by His righteousness, even though to our sight it STILL looks just like it always has, that this very “weakness” we have struggled against and wished we didn’t have all our lives has turned into the very dynamo engine of the power of God flowing out of us, then we can find this lady “not guilty,” too, and as the reluctant prophet said, “He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.” (Num 23:21)
This is the way the Lord shows us no judgment for others, by understanding in ourselves He has no judgment nor condemnation for us, all debts are forgiven, the Year of Jubilee has been declared, all the fields go back to those who lost them in bad times and had to indebt themselves to harsh creditors, those of us who were “so lonely we took some comfort with the whores on seventh avenue” – he holds us not only NOT accountable, imputing absolutely NOTHING our way, but brushes that away with the wave of his hand and asks the servants to bring the royal robe to put on us, to give us the best place at the feast, to go out and kill the fatted calf, and to hire the Rolling Stones for our welcome home party if they’re in town.
God is about love and giving above all we ask and think and giving to all men liberally and upbraideth not. It hath not entered into the heart and mind of man the things God has prepared for Him, but it is revealed in the Spirit and we are the point of its expression RIGHT NOW in this present moment.
It doesn’t have anything to do with the things God has let “hang on” to our lives since we have become His friends. Friends are not always interested in straightening each other’s collars or checking for shined shoes. They rejoice in each other’s company and delight to please each other by making the other happy and uplifted. They keep each other’s secrets and confidences, and trust each other to be there when they need them.
Sure, they argue and know each other’s flaws. One of them is late all the time. One of them talks too much and says inappropriate things at the wrong time. One of them has a hard time with math or is awkward around girls. Sometimes they even feel like they fail each other.
But none of that matters to them. They are friends.
We are God’s friends. He says, “I no longer call you servants, but friends.”
Being His Friends means we’re in on it. We’re in the clubhouse, in the inner loop. Regardless of flaws, warts, past, mess-ups, crazy ideas, mindsets, bunny trails, wrong beliefs, weakness, strength (if there’s anybody who thinks they have any). But regardless of ANYTHING whatsoever in our humanity, because of the Cross, NOTHING is imputed to us. We died there, and another Life took our place.
The added bonus was we got to live and move and have our Being in the New Life, no more in the Old, and therein find friendship with God, which means we are on the most intimate level with Him, being without spot and blemish because it is no longer the Old, but totally now the New, and as friends we are only seen and beheld as only friends are beheld, and now having this vision, it is turned outward to others and finds Christ in them and as God does with us we impute no sin outward in the world. We declare all the world and all we see as holy unto the Lord.
Those who know by knowing and hear by hearing that God sends us to, will sense we have no condemnation for them (though they have plenty for themselves) and we impute no sin to them (though they find themselves guilty as Hitler).
If you want a certain flower to grow, you plant that kind of seed or seedling. If you want Christ to grow, you recognize His seed already there, and water it with the Word of Life and the Sun of Liberty, to coax it out of its frozen barren earth, and it will grow and become the flower you saw in your vision.
CHRIST LIVING [Fred Pruitt] 6-5-04 Revised ~ LETTER 1