And now behold, bound by the Spirit, I go unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there, save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and a afflictions await me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God.
Some of us have a profound sense of mission, a purpose for our life on this planet, which we have chosen beyond immediate self-interest. We sense we have volunteered to come to Earth to do a particular task. Are individuals like cells within the body, each with a unique, vital task essential to the whole? Is there a design for each life? Potentially, yes. If the overall system is prefigured and prepatterned but not predetermined, then each of our lives is also prefigured and prepatterned but not predetermined. We are each born with a unique set of characteristics that are needed for the evolution of the world. Whether or not we use them is up to us.
Each person has the free choice to use God-given talents for the highest purpose—or to squander them for lesser purposes. Those like Paul, who always apply their total capacity to achieve their highest purpose, are free.
As we approach the time of transformation it counts more and more whether or not we use our freedom to do our best.
The time of preparation is almost over. Every member in the social body is being stimulated to play the appropriate role destined by their unique potentials. Freedom grants us the opportunity to discover our unique capacity—what we can best do that is most required—and then to do it with all our hearts, minds and strength.
This is how we can fulfill the twofold command: love of God and our neighbor as our self. To love God we must desire to fulfill God’s purposes. To love ourselves is to discover our unique role in fulfilling God’s purpose—which is our own. Without this sense of chosen vocation it is difficult to love God or neighbor or self. If each of us seeks our purpose on the planet, turning within and asking for guidance, then we will go the whole way together to the top of the mountain.
Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution” by Deepak Chopra. As the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s book, The Mother of Invention, many would agree Barbara is the world’s foremost global ambassador for conscious change. At heart, Barbara is a visionary and social innovator. She thinks from an evolutionary perspective and believes that global change happens when we work collectively and selflessly for the greater good. A prolific author and educator, Barbara has written seven books on social and planetary evolution, seeking to catalyze the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential in humanity. She has produced, hosted, and contributed to countless documentaries seen by millions of people around the world. In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the Vice Presidency of the United States on the Democratic Party ticket. She called for the creation of a Peace Room to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and all around the world. She also co-chaired a number of Soviet-American Citizen Summits, introducing a new concept called “SYNCON” to foster synergistic convergence between opposing groups. In addition she co-founded the World Future Society, and theAssociation for Global New Thought. Barbara Marx Hubbard is not an idealist, nor does she believe that social and planetary change is simple. But she does believe that humanity has the tools, fortitude, and resolve to take the leap towards conscious evolution. This post is an excerpt from her new commentary on the New Testament, The Evolutionary Testament of Co-Creation.