Posted on Feb 22, 2011

This coming Thursday marks the beginning of the fall season, ushered in by the occurring of the autumnal equinox, and of the two times of the year when the sun crosses the equator, and day and night are of equal length.

In our part of the world, fall is markedly beautiful season with leaves turning into brilliant colors and a definite feeling of change of pace- nature is slowing down, laying before us its harvest for us to assess and use. There is something so quieting in taking time, on a sunny autumn day, to observe leaves gently detaching themselves from their mother tree to float leisurely to the ground, leaving behind their active life cycle to become absorbed into the larger earth kingdom. (pause)

Our Creator’s cyclic order is exact, but being engendered by His Perfect Love, it is also designed for a wondrous harmony and ever-expanding abundant expression of life. We humans make exra laws unto ourselves, through our limited understanding, which create restrictions, distress, oppositions, and conflict. Life becomes so much more joyful and simple when we have eyes to see and ears to hear the Divine Way and abide in it in all areas of our existence. Job reproved his critical friends who were so freely giving out their personal advice: "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and the shall tell thee:

"Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

"Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

"In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." (pause)

I have titled this message, "Righteousness and Good Works are Always in Season."

As is the world of nature, seeds planted in the sowing time of spring in due season, must come into their fruition, season of harvest, reveal what they have developed, so is it with the creations of thought, word, and deed put forth by each of us. We humans emulate the cycle of seasons- spring, summer, autumn, and winter- over and over in our life sowings. (pause)

This earth plane is said to offer the most diverse experiences of the recognized planes of existence- the greatest opportunities to refine and grow in understanding. What an uplifting way to think of life’s challenges! The scriptural Great One, Job, found this jewel of truth in his almost unbearable trials and tribulations. He exclaimed, "But he (God) knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." (pause)

With such varied levels of understanding and the huge differences in the development of peoples and nations, the truth seeker must ever be sifting and weighing what is righteous and what is not. The more of the Christ Son within that we unfold, of course, the easier this becomes, but, as in the time of our Savior Jesus, the unenlightened continue to press and strive to stomp out that which they do not understand. I quote:

"At that time, (after commanding His disciples and He was visiting their cities) Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and His disciples were…hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

"But when Pharisus saw it, they said unto Him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day.

"But He (answered), Have ye not read what David did, when he was…hungered, and the were with him;

"How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

"Or have ye not read in the law, how on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple (fulfill obligations of their office on) the Sabbath, and are blameless?

"But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

"But if ye had known what this (means) I (want) mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the quiltless.

For the Son of man (the Christ nature in Jesus and humanity) is Lord even of the Sabbath day. (Not subject to ritual but only the will and way of God)

"And when He was departed…he went into their synagogue:

"And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked Him…Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days? That they might accuse Him.

"And He (answered), What man shall be there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

"How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.

"Then (said) He to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other." (unquote)

Note: There is a vital clue to healing in the words of Jesus to the afflicted man: He said, "Stretch forth thine hand," not "Stretch forth thine withered hand." Jesus could heal, because He saw the eternal truth of the perfectness of the Christ Self of the man- Jesus knew that what was true of Himself was true of every person when there was the faith and acceptance to bring it forth. (pause)

In reading the Gospels, we see how constantly Jesus had to deal with political correctness, the foolishness and shortsightedness of much of human reasoning. Our Heavenly Father’s order of truth is always loving and practical, fair and burdenless. (pause)

Jesus, as well as the Old Testament prophets spoke of "last days" tribulations, the end of a cosmic cycle for this planet. Passing from one age to another with their differing energies, reapings, and new sowings, always brings upheavals, both physical and psychological. These conditions do affect our mortal bodies and our responses can either add to the diseases or mitigate them. It is up to us.

The Apostle Paul elaborated on these times, and they certainly are identifiable in our world today. He said, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.

"Without natural affection, trucebreakers false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.

"Traitors, heady, high-minded (arrogant), lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God;

"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away…

"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (unquote)

There is one statement that particularly leaps out at me in the discourse of Paul’s. It is: "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

There are many, many good people who are earnest seekers, who are moral, upright, generous and loving, who know much about God and love Jesus, yet who deny themselves the fullness of the promised abundant life because they cannot quite believe the power and perfection that the Heavenly Father has destined them to be. They are not lost, are beloved and appreciate by hosts in heaven, but they are delayed in finding their spiritual ease and freedom. All of us who are not yet Christed are denying our full authority. From such limitation we are to turn away, and strive, day by day, to rid our mental and oral vocabulary of anything that causes us to feel and be negative. (pause)

Good works are always in season and truly the reason for our being. Joyful, indeed, are those who arise each morning in the attitude of "What can I do today to make life better, not just for myself but also for those who shall cross my path?" To be in such a state of mind, we have to get the bigger picture of the Universe; this does not diminish us, but rather opens to us the realization of the point of power and light each of us are, that Creation needs you and me to do our divine part. (pause)

We gain in wholeness, on holiness, by seeing and rejoicing in the handiwork of God in which we live and move and have our being. We cannot go beyond the stars or the earth, live without the air we breathe. All are gifts of God, our dwelling place that He has prepared for our new experience. Let us therefore realize that we are in the midst of His glorious works, enfolded by His creative love. I resolve to be thankful when I find myself raking the beauty of our maple tree.

The human nature is very adept at readjusting its practice of righteousness, tolerating a little here, a little there, until large errors become the norm. A common comment is "But, this is the twenty-first century!" To which saints echo the words found in the Biblical book of Hebrews: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever," who said, "If you love me, keep my Commandments."

Jesus and His apostles lived in a world of opposition, as do His followers today. They were strong in the LORD and the power of His might because they had risen above limited personal opinion, living and giving the order of the Universe and the place of humankind in it. The Christ-centered individual is flexible in forgiving, always loving, inflexible in standing on right divine principle. (pause)

The Apostle Paul’s advice to his fellow apostle, Timothy, obtains in this season on earth as surely as it did when written. He charged: "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall the leap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned (toward) fables.

"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of (your) ministry.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

"Henceforth there is up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." (unquote)

The enlightened world, with its contrary human situational ethics and aggressive self-centered motives, can cause true apostles and disciples to, at times, feel that they are love voices crying in the wilderness. Ralph Waldo Emerson gives poetic comfort in this thought: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." (pause)

May nature’s lovely autumn season of harvesting remind each of us that even greater beauties and glories lie ahead, worlds we can experience in our inner spiritual awareness, now, through the door of divine love, righteousness, and good works.