The Master said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh,” and, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” And they begin to see God without waiting until they are dead. Blessed Ones, what is the pattern of values in your life? It is my business to help you to translate the Truths of Being into a setting where you can see them in relationship to yourselves. But it is your business to interpret that Truth in relationship to your own life so that it can be meaningful in your life. Just having the translation is not enough, whether it is in a book that you set upon the shelf, or in your mind which you set on the shelf of consciousness without seeing it in relationship to your daily living. You must make the interpretation, provide the application. I undertake to assist you in that direction, yes, but I cannot do it for you. I can offer you the translation, and that is why you come here, but how rapidly do you let the interpretation work out in the pattern of your life? That depends upon how much value you attach to that which is the Truth of God in relationship to your evaluation of other things.
If you really evaluate other things more, in any moment or in any hour or in any day, that affects the nature of your interpretation, because you are going to interpret everything on the basis of that which you value most, in fact, not what you claim to value most. Even if you have the translation your interpretations will be on the basis of that which you value most in actual fact, regardless of what you say with your lips.
We turn to Revelation, beginning with the Fourteenth Verse in the Third Chapter:
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
What is it that causes slowness? What is it that causes one to throw away the greatest blessings in life, the greatest opportunity? It is lukewarmness. Of course, if one is cold to the things of God, violently opposed, that is one thing, and we expect certain results to follow, but it is the lukewarmness that causes one to delude one's self, where it may seem one has the great opportunity for spiritual development and progress for the living of life and the reality of service. But what does one do about it? If one is lukewarm one drifts along, and that which is of God in the larger sense does not appear in the individual life. There is not the true pattern of evaluation. Lukewarm!
“I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
That means that unless lukewarmness becomes a thing of the past you cannot know the fulness of the blessings of God. What, then, are the levels of your evaluation?
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing…” That is what the individual believes, that is what he thinks. But what does God say about it?
“And knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked; I counsel thee to buy of me…” To buy, not just with dollars and cents, no, but it takes buying; it takes a yielding up of something that before was conceived to be of value for something that is of greater value to you.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent.”
“Be zealous therefore, and repent.” A zealous person is not one who is lukewarm. There is a vibrancy, a depth of feeling, a level of evaluation that begins to have meaning in life. “And that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear…” Very often human beings imagine that if they are wearing clothing their shame is covered up. “And that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.”
In what way does one become naked? If one's face of response is turned away from God one is not clothed in that white raiment of Divine provision. And the shame of one's nakedness, the shame of that which makes one turn one's face away from God, does appear. No matter how many clothes you wear, no matter how many overcoats you may put on, in the pattern of life itself the shame of nakedness appears.
Until the human being begins to think right, not according to what he thinks he wants but on the basis of the Truths of Being, he may think that he is rich and increased with goods and has need of nothing—but, Blessed Ones, until we think on the basis of the right patterns of evaluation, until we begin to be clothed with the white raiment which begins to be established in the depths of our beings when we turn the face of response to God, we cannot begin to have that Pattern of Being in life which is Divinely ordained. If we would share the Victory, if we would know the Resurrection and the Life, we must give heed to these things and follow our LORD and KING in letting the true values of life control.
When we find the pearl of great price we must act like it—the treasures of Heaven begin to have meaning on earth and we begin to be rich in the gold of God's Love. We begin to have the white raiment, and He anoints our eyes with eye-salve that we may see the Truths of Being, that we may see the right translations, and see to interpret those translations into the pattern of our lives to the Glory of God and to the Blessing of the children of men.
How I thank God for that spirit of devotion and understanding which brought you here to share this hour, and as we, being truly with one accord in this one place, let the Spirit of God's Love and the Spirit of His Truth have meaning in us there will be Life, and there will be the resurrection, or the lifting up, from the old pattern of life into a new Pattern of Life, the Pattern of Life that lets God's Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. And unless we, in this that the world calls the Easter season, allow the resurrection to take place more vividly, more fully, more completely, than ever before, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God and under the inspiration of seeing the earth beginning to move toward a new expression of life, in the springtime, we will have failed to interpret the Truths that are translated unto us in a manner which will let them have meaning to us.
Let us Live. But, to Live, there must be the resurrection first. Otherwise, we merely exist for a little time and are gone. Let us follow the Master and Live, and in that Living release the blessings of God to all who will receive on the face of the earth. I thank God for you and for all those who are with us in spirit, those who would so like to be here in this room, in this hour. May God's richest blessings be upon all of you, each and everyone, and peace be unto you.