Russell: God Works Through A United Self

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will begin our look at each of these eight methods of God.

God Works Through A United Self

A good portion of Russell’s second chapter is taken up in a retelling and analysis of the parable of the Prodigal Son. I encourage anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to read and study this book to do so, because I can’t repeat it all here. The basic point that Russell is making, however, is that when the son took his inheritance and went out into the world, it was an illustration of how we rely on our own resources and turn our backs on God as our supply.

The son went off into a far country, partied hard, and eventually ended up working as a servant feeding someone’s pigs. He was so hungry that he was looking at the pig slop and his mouth was watering. Whenever I read that I can’t help but remember the image from the old cartoons, where two characters are stuck on a tiny island. They get so hungry that when they look at each other, the other slowly transforms in their sight into a roast turkey or ham. This is the moment of the son’s realization. It dawns on him that he had everything and walked away from it, that even his father’s servants aren’t reduced to eating pig slop. He decides that he will return to his father, admit he was wrong, and beg his father to take him back as a servant.

This was a huge admission for the once arrogant young man. He goes from demanding his share of his father’s wealth and living off of it like a king, to crawling back to his father and begging to be made a servant. But what happens when he goes home? While he is still walking up the road his father sees him, drops everything, and runs to meet him. He gives him the ring off his finger and the robe off his back, and commands that they prepare a feast because his son has returned.

The son was broken. He had tried things his way and had failed. He’d tried to use his own material ability to make his way and had been reduced to envy of pigs eating slop. When he returned home, he was willing to do anything to make it right. He was open to what his father wanted and was willing to do whatever it was. And what did the father do? He showered the wayward son with blessings. Once the son reconnected, took the first step home, re-established the link with his father, blessings flowed to him.

When we contract ourselves to living merely from the weak, physical self and attempt to live “by bread alone,” we quickly burn through our resources. But when we open ourselves up, when we realize we are something greater than a talking, mobile meatsack and seek to re-establish our connection to God, to experience our higher selves and acknowledge God within us, we become a channel for amazing things.


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