The quality of our life is not determined by what we do. The quality of our life and our doings are the effect of 'who' stands as the Source of our being. Let that soak in. Woven into God we are authentic and life-giving sons/daughters who live in the security and comfort of our real nature in God. I mean this:
'You will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you' John 14.20 NIV.
The source of our being is not the earth or our many activities. We originated from the desire of the trinity to share the fullness and richness of their life with us.
Our being has a source. This is the interface between the self and God, between our innermost being and the trinity. If our being is rooted in religion; if the door of our soul and the face of our spirit beholds the face of something IMPERSONAL and abstract like the law or religion - we are rooted in non-life. Rootedness in non-life is the norm for many but it's not the normal Kingdom life. This life is the spirit of sonship come in the flesh. In other words come as you.
The effect on our personhood if our inner life melded to an abstraction like the law or religion is DESENSITISATION, benumbing and a spiritual form of gangrene. As a Georgia we can be a daughter of the free woman and come alive in the spirit of sonship. In a life as a Cedric we can live as a son of the slave woman. We live below our potential as a son and as a son in name but not as a son in spirit and in truth.
Richard Rohr writes, "In the Judeo-Christian creation story, humans were created in the very "image and likeness of God" (Genesis 1:26). Our DNA is divine. The divine indwelling is never earned by any behavior whatsoever or any ritual, but only recognized and realized (Romans 11:6, Ephesians 2:8-10) and fallen in love with. When you are ready, you will be both underwhelmed and overwhelmed at the boundless mystery of your own humanity. You will know you are standing under the same waterfall of mercy as everybody else and receiving an undeserved radical grace, which gets to the root of everything. Without that underlying experience of God as both abyss and ground, it is almost impossible to live in the now, in the fullness of who I am, warts and all, and almost impossible to experience the Presence that, paradoxically, always fills the abyss and shakes the ground." (1)