What is it that beats your heart? Of course, it is LIFE--but what is life? You have nothing whatsoever to do with the pulsation of LIFE in your body. The whole wonderful working is involuntary and is so much greater than anything of which man can conceive. The more you contemplate it, the more wonderful it becomes. No wonder then: "I am fearfully and wonderfully made," but what is it that runs the machinery? No matter where you place the body, it continues to work. A slice of bread is introduced into it, and changed into what you call nutriment ---how? What is it that does it, and HOW does it do it, and that, too, when you are awake or asleep - running or walking. What is that thing called LIFE?
"If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." Never is a long time-and it savors of something so far beyond thought it is impossible to record. All thoughttaking things die---and come under the law which is of "few days and full of trouble." Jesus was talking about this strange unknowable thing called LIFE that did everything. This Life which is able to change the nature of anything---even poison (". . . if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them,") and it can when we contemplate life which is everywhere and we realize we are passing through it, as it passes through us.
"For in him we live, and move, and have our being" at the same time He lives and moves and has His being and expression in us. A new and wonderful dimension dawns as we contemplate the INTELLIGENCE which is so much above the wisdom of man. It is this intelligence which changes with ease the so-called intelligence of man.
It is not so difficult when you contemplate LIFE to understand how it raised up a decaying body, and made it whole again---for it is everywhere present and at the height of perfection, eternally.
That, too, is why you are told to take no thought of the purse. Most religious holy men have interpreted this to mean that the beggar's bowl is the symbol of the man who follows Christ. Taking thought about LIFE and trying to demonstrate more of it, or to do anything with it at all, except to LET it through into manifestation, is utter foolishness. "Who hath known the mind of the Lord?" Maybe your teacher, or your book?
Do you begin to see what it is to contemplate LIFE--and that the reason for the appearance in the Flesh of Jesus, was that you might have LIFE and that you might have it more abundantly?
Your heart has been beating all the time you read this page; you did not beat it---you did not do anything about it, you let. When you are absent from the body in thought, it is well.
This IS---Life eternal.
Walter C. Lanyon