The Spirit of God in You

By Martha Smock
The Spirit of God in You

Within all persons, all things, moves the Spirit, which is God.

"Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). Beyond speech, beyond thought, beyond sight is this living presence, this light that forever burns, this power that is life, that is God.

The mystery hidden for ages and generations ... Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col.1:26, 27).

"I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25). Jesus spoke from the divine. He spoke the universal language that all understand.

"I and the Father are one" (John 10:30).

"The Father is in me and I am in the Father" (John 10:38). This is the eternal unity. This is the eternal truth. In the face of the eternal many of the things that trouble our days seem trivial and unimportant. We forget many of our experiences, but we remember always the Truth that we learn.

"Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" (Matt. 6:25) Food and clothing and shelter are essential to us all, but the joy of living does not spring from these. The joy of living wells up within us as we are conscious of God in us, as we touch the divine in thought and feeling, as we see ourselves as children of God, as living souls forever and forever making our way toward the unfoldment of the perfect self.

We sit in a room surrounded by four walls, but Spirit in us feels no walls. We listen to a clock ticking, but Spirit in us knows no time. We celebrate a birthday, but Spirit in us knows no age. We suffer a sickness, but Spirit in us knows no pain.

There is not Spirit and us; there is in reality only Spirit. We have made a separation where there is no separation. We have created in our minds a God outside ourselves when all the time God is speaking to us from the depths of our own being. We have tried to become holy when already we are hallowed, when already we are created in the image and likeness of God. We have sought God in churches and found God there because there is nowhere that God is not; because wherever we are God is.

We have called on God to help us and thought that somehow from God's heavens God answered, not realizing how close the heavens are—as close as the cry of our souls  before ever our lips have time to form the words of a prayer.

We have thought of a few persons as holy, when even the meanest one of the street is filled with the Spirit of God within. God is in all and through all. When you feel the presence of God, all things seem to shout God's glory. It is as though you had recovered sight after blindness. Like the man that Jesus healed, you say: Whereas I was blind, now I see.

Whereas you have been anxious and worried about yourself and your affairs, now you feel great calmness and trust in the eternal God who is within you, who is within all. You can say, "This too will pass," not with a feeling of resignation to unhappiness but with a feeling of inner poise that comes when you know that Spirit is greater than experiences, that only Spirit is eternal and untouched by the things that from a human standpoint seem impossible to bear.

When you know that you are Spirit, you are not afraid, for you know that nothing can hurt or harm or destroy the indestructible Spirit in you. You are not afraid of life or death, for you know that, come what may, the Spirit in you is unchanging, unending, unafraid.