Oddly enough, there are many teachings and practices within modern day Christianity that simply do not match up with Jesus’ ministry. Reflecting on this the other day I had to ask myself, “What was Jesus’ Ministry for?” I study his word or better yet, I study the words in scripture that are said to be his words. If he were here now and had the ability to communicate with all of us en mass, would he wonder how it came to be that in his name generations of souls have been taught to worship him as if he were a demigod?
That rituals have been created and practiced that he himself suggested were “of man?” Like, what would he make of all of the declarations of “I’m saved,” baptism by water, communion, all of the denominations, man’s law, the vilifying of the LGBTQ community, the emphasis on “fearing” God and teachings of damnation in “hell?” What would be his take on the dominant teachings about tithing? Would he approve of the modern day church system? The rampant abuses of the clergy, be it financial, sexual or otherwise? The competitiveness among belief systems? The wars? Racism, sexism, class ism and all of the other isms that his followers willingly participate in, may not fair so well under his review either.
It just seems ironic to me that the soul who supposedly said, “I and my Father are one,” “These words that I speak, it is not I, it is my Father,” ”When you see me, you see my Father.” “Know ye not that ye are Gods,” and “These things that I can do, you can do, and even greater things can you do” would have expected to be worshiped unto infinity. What was his ministry for if we worship him, more than his message? If we practice and teach things that he simply never encouraged or taught about, yet say that in so doing we are “following Christ?” Honestly, I don’t get it. It just seems that his ministry would be for nothing, if we do not unlock the level of understanding that he had about life and about God. What was his message to us? It was to love. What did he do? He deferred to his Creator/Father for all things. He meditated. He prayed. He walked obediently in faith serving as a healing presence, teaching and encouraging others to do the same. He was a giver of wisdom, hope, health, inspiration and so much more. He was humble and he had tremendous integrity. He was mindful of his every thought, word and deed. He was effective as a servant of humanity in his day.
HE didn’t present himself as the “only begotten” and he did not beg of God. He did talk about the kingdom of heaven within. HE did not ask anyone or teach anyone to accept him as their Lord and savior. Yet if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior I would have a few big boxes of singles right now. Then there are the “where do you worship?” and “where is your church home?” questions. Where exactly was Jesus’ church home, again? HE didn’t teach about tithing the way that it is taught or practiced today. Nope.
Yeah I have some thoughts about what his ministry was for and how we as a people have collectively missed the boat in embracing the gems of wisdom that he shared with us. Because I don’t think he ever intended for a religion or any religions to be born of his ministry. There was no formality or ritual in what has been shared of his path. He shared what he knew and understood about God and encouraged others to do the same. He was accepting and loving of others under all circumstances. This is the legacy of Jesus’ ministry in my life… the example that he gave of committing to know this Presence, Power and Wisdom that he called God, Father and Lord for himself; to love God and everyone at all times; to know God within and around; to be deferential and obedient to God at all times; and to serve the greatest possible good for everyone everywhere. As I see it, Jesus had Victorious Faith and this opportunity is available to all of us, too.
Shawna Marie is the CEO of Healing Truth Center, a resource for inspiration and evolutionary spiritual education. A dynamic motivational speaker and workshop facilitator, Shawna Marie passionately speaks about living in spiritual perspective, cultivating healthy loving relationships and achieving financial freedom. She’s a psychotherapist, life coach as well as the author of Prosperity NOW! and Only God.