BY REV. DORAL PULLEY, Today’s Church Tampa Bay
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).
Some people wake up naturally without any assistance. Other people require the assistance of an alarm clock to wake up for work or school. Often hotel guests request a wake-up call so that they can be on time for a meeting or catch a flight. Cell phones are designed with the capacity for multiple alarms at separate times to wake people up for their appointments.
When you are asleep in consciousness you believe that life is about accomplishments and the attainment of possessions. Every experience that you have is designed to awaken you to your divine nature. The purpose of every relationship that you are a part of awakens you to your true self.
According to Charles Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity Movement, salvation is the awakening of the consciousness to the truth that you are a child of God. Salvation is the realization of your eternal connection with God, your Source. You have always been connected to God. You are connected to God right now. You are never disconnected from God. At some point in your life, you forgot about this connection and required an alarm clock to wake you up out of the sleep of mere existence into the fullness of life (John 10:10).
Jesus is our Wayshower. Wayshower means the perfect pattern. He is the pattern offspring for all of God’s children. With a pattern for a dress or a shirt, a tailor can make many dresses and shirts. The purpose of the pattern is to make more than one item. Each dress has its own uniqueness of color and fabric, but it is based on a pattern. Each shirt has its own nuances of buttons and stitching, but its basic form comes from a pattern.
Jesus is the elder brother that shows his siblings the way to have an authentic relationship with God. Jesus was never meant to the only Son of God but the firstborn of many brothers and sisters. Belief in Jesus as Wayshower empowers you to be son or daughter of God (John 1:12). Following Jesus’ pattern entitles you to the inheritance of perfect health, overflowing wealth, and harmony in all relationships (Luke 12:32).
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.