Understanding the potential within us and proclaiming our spiritual wholeness in Christ

Easter has fascinated people for almost 2,000 years.

Even during the early days of the Christian church, people wondered whether the resurrection of Jesus was true. They searched their own sacred scriptures and traditions to help them comprehend what the event meant for Jesus, themselves, and the world.

They discovered the resurrection was Jesus’ experience, but it wasn’t just about Jesus. The resurrection was and is a reminder of God’s grace and power functioning in humanity.

Easter is a story about the overcoming power of God in an individual life. Easter is a reminder that we have within us the power to overcome any obstacle in our way.

The Christ in you has never been sick, broke, or unhappy. The Christ in you is your true spiritual wholeness that transcends your mental and physical natures.

It is the power to heal our bodies through prayer and spiritual practices. It is the power to forgive and move on from past mistakes, hurts, and poor relationship decisions.

Easter reminds us that we are prosperous even when our bank account doesn’t yet reflect abundance, because we know we are connected to the source of all good.

The resurrection represents our power to overcome, to restore, to renew with health, peace, love, prosperity, and joy whatever it is we are trying to revive. God is within every person as the Christ, God’s idea of itself in humanity. The Christ or the I AM is the fullness of God expressing individually as every human being.

The Christ in you has never been sick, broke, or unhappy. The Christ in you is your true spiritual wholeness that transcends your mental and physical natures. Therefore, you can proclaim your spiritual wholeness in the midst of any storm when you understand that God in you can never be kept in the tomb of fear, despair, lack, sickness, confusion, and doubt.

The Potential Within Us

Jesus understood the power within himself, and he urged his followers to accept the Truth about themselves. He knew that you can’t outperform your own consciousness.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus taught that we could demonstrate the overcoming power of God as he did and assured us we could do even greater deeds. He wanted us to ask “in his name” or in awareness of the Christ potential within us.

You have overcoming power. You have the ability to succeed. You have the authority to prosper.

You can command the life and intelligence in every cell of your body. You have dominion over the challenges of life. You have supremacy over your own thoughts and feelings.

You can attract healthy and loving relationships to you. You can build your business. You can release the past. You can achieve excellence in your field of choice.

You can transform your life now. However, you must be willing to get out of your own way and let God lead the way.

Surrendering to the Wisdom of Christ

Willingness, obedience, and surrender are the keys to resurrection. The ego must surrender to the Christ of your own being.

Jesus had to experience the cross before he experienced the resurrection. We have to “cross out” our beliefs that aren’t consistent with the Truth of our being.

We have to be willing to surrender to the higher wisdom of the indwelling Christ. When we are willing to surrender, we gain conscious awareness of our own true spiritual nature.

Once we understand who we are, we will view the so-called challenges of life differently, because we know we can come back from anything and overcome any obstacles in our way. We will then grow into the awareness that there is only God, and therefore nothing opposes us.

About the Author

Rev. Gaylon McDowell is the senior assistant minister at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago and host of the Truth Transforms podcast on unityonlineradio.org. This article also appeared in the booklet Release and Renew 2022: A Spiritual Practice for Lent.

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