“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
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“I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
In today’s scripture, Jesus compares himself to the Good Shepherd of the sheep.
Jesus invites us, the sheep, to follow him.
He also describes himself metaphorically as “the gate.”
To enter through this gate in order to follow him requires that we live our lives as Jesus lived his life: to be peacemakers; to care for the hungry, the poor, the stranger, the imprisoned (Matthew 25:35-40); to be healers, forgivers, and channels of compassion and equal justice.
This requires shedding the many masks created by our egos, as well as letting go of ego-driven attachments to power, prestige and possessions.
To your ego, this will seem like dying.
But in reality, your true self will be coming to life!
This is being saved.
This is the truth that I have found and am sharing with you today.
This saving-way-of-life is not exclusive to Christianity, but is the way of love that is professed by many religions and spiritual masters.
Jesus himself stated that it all comes down to this: Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.
When you do this, love will return to you, and you will be living as your true self.
You will have life and have it more abundantly!
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Remember: God loves you!