Our direct connection with God
Once, a manager asked me to make an organizational chart for every position in the company I worked for at the time. This manager was a former military officer, and his request took me back to my basic training days in the Army, where we had to memorize the chain of command. This meant that we had to know the name and rank of each person above us, from our squad leader through our company commander and all the way to the President of the United States.
Even though we must know and follow a graded structure at work or in other human activities, there is a divine order of connection with the Supreme Being that is uncomplicated and always immediate. The Bible is rich with examples that prove our direct connection with God, especially through the truth Christ Jesus demonstrated, which showed so clearly that man is always at one with God. This Christ, Truth, is and always has been present, as Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea,—the reflection of God,—has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 333).
Jesus understood this divine connection, referring to God as his Father, and the divine source of all he did. In John, we read of a conversation between Jesus and one of his disciples: “Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (14:8, 9).
There is a divine order of connection with the Supreme Being that is uncomplicated and always immediate.
One of the many glorious messages the Master taught is that there is no separation between God and His children. God loves each one of the ideas He creates, and all of us have a direct, uncomplicated connection with our heavenly Father. Mrs. Eddy writes, “Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God” (Science and Health, p. 209). There’s no “chain of command”; Christ, Truth, speaks to all. We have the inherent and God-given spiritual capacity to understand our real being as God’s image and likeness, and to know and experience directly the good that God is and that we reflect as His children.
And man cannot lose his connection with God, or his capacity to feel his oneness with his heavenly Father. God does not know His children as neglected, forgotten, cast into a dark place, marginalized, or stranded on a desert island, so to speak, where there is no help. He knows them as His reflection, inseparable from Him, divine Love.
In Psalms we read that nothing can put a barrier or roadblock between man and God: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me” (139:7–11).
A mother I know had tried for many months to communicate with her adult daughter, who seemed to be making some poor choices, to share some ideas she felt would be beneficial to her. But the daughter would not respond to her mother’s efforts to be in touch.
The mother prayed to know that there is no disconnection between God and His children. She knew that she could trust that God, the one Mind, communicates directly with His ideas—His communication does not depend on a human person. She was not praying that God would tell her daughter specific human steps she thought her daughter should take, nor was she outlining ideas she wanted Him to reveal to the daughter. She was turning to God, divine Mind, with complete confidence that He knows what each of us needs and can communicate just the right ideas, at the right time, and in a way that is direct and brings blessings.
There’s no “chain of command”; Christ, Truth, speaks to all.
The mother continued praying in this way, and one day she got some surprising news from an unexpected source. She learned that her daughter had bought a house with money that had been entrusted to her, and that she was going back to college—two good steps forward in her life. The mother was delighted at the news, and though the daughter did not resume communicating with her, the mother was grateful for what she saw as proof that God’s spiritual ideas are directly connected with Him and cared for by Him.
A friend once said to me that God has no grandchildren; each one of us is the direct child of God. We learn in Christian Science that we have this direct spiritual connection with God and His goodness, authority, power, and guidance. No middleman to go through. Receptivity to the Christ, Truth, the spiritual reality of man’s being as God’s beloved expression, opens the door of thought to divine guidance from the one source of all good.
We are inseparable from God as His own image, or expression. God is Mind, so we forever reflect Mind. And God loves us; His care and tenderness for each one of His offspring are eternal and can be demonstrated right now.
As we open our thought to understand our oneness with God, and God’s unlimited and unrestricted love for us, we will realize we do indeed have a direct connection with Him. And as we let go of the false belief that we can be unworthy of God’s love or disconnected from Him, we will find ourselves experiencing the joy, comfort, and growth that the understanding of our direct connection with God brings. As Mrs. Eddy writes: “Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth” (Science and Health, p. 91).