Aligning Our Will with Christ: Part II
But note very carefully, daughters, that the silkworm has of necessity to die; and it is this that will cost you most; for death comes easily when one can see oneself living a new life, whereas our duty now is to continue living this present life, and to die of our own free will. I confess to you that we shall find this much harder, but it is of the greatest value and the reward will be greater, too, if you gain the victory. But you must not doubt the possibility of this true union with the will of God. This is the union that I have desired all my life; it is for this that I continually beseech Our Lord; it is that which is the most genuine and the safest. (Teresa of Avila: Fifth Mansions: Chapter Three)
Some experience the Prayer of Union through supernatural prayer. Others experience Union by aligning their will with the will of God. Those who experience the supernatural Prayer of Union can more easily cast away the works of the old life because they can envision a new life. People who extract themselves from the old life without the benefit of supernatural prayer find the transition to the new life more challenging, but will also find it much more rewarding. Teresa says, “I confess to you that we shall find this much harder, but it is of the greatest value and the reward will be greater, too, if you gain the victory.” When we find this victory, we can say with Teresa, “This is the union that I have desired all my life”.
Whether our Union with the will of Christ is expedited through supernatural prayer or whether we “die of our own free will” — the silkworm must die. The goal in either method is alignment with His will. To assist you with actualizing your Union with Christ, I encourage you to study Romans 6.1-13. Among many other truths we find:
- We can live the Resurrection Life since “our old self was crucified with him”. (Romans 6.6)
- We accept our new creation by faith instead of defining ourselves by our past failures or present weaknesses. So, “consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus”. (Romans 6.11)
- We implement the new life. The Apostle Paul says, “do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. . . . but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life”. (Romans 6.12-13)
God has acted. We have the power to “walk in newness of life”. We must now align ourselves with His will and fully experience our union with Him.
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