However, this final act, in one sense, is not the end but is only the beginning. You may have noticed that I have already touched on these themes in my previous three articles responding to the questions: who am I, where am I, and what's wrong?
You may have also noticed that I left out Act 5. This is because Act 5 is not finished. Act 5 is still being written today by us. O life! We are invited to contribute to the script that is the drama of, not only our individual lives, but of the world, of our human race. Wright puts it like this: suppose we discovered a previously unknown play of Shakespeare's and the newly found manuscript is missing one act, Act 5. What could we do? One way is to get the world's most experienced Shakespearean actors together and get them to immerse themselves into the rest of the play, Acts 1 through 6 without 5 until it becomes second nature to them.
All the play's themes, emphases, character values, direction, vision for life or truth become embodied in these actors. With that, these actors can improvise Act 5 when they act out the play. Of course, in their improvisation, these actors would improvise the story in such a way that it remains true to the previous Acts 1 to 4 and somehow connects with the final Act 6.
Similarly, Christians who live by the biblical story are asked to improvise in Act 5 of the cosmic drama. God has revealed to us the framework, the overall plot, the big picture of how the story goes. We need, therefore, to immerse ourselves into this story, into Acts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6, so that it becomes second nature to us.
And we start improvising, contributing our verses to the play, in a manner that is true and loyal to the overall story, continuing Acts 1 to 4 and connecting with the final Act 6. In this way, we are co-writers with God of not only our own life story but of the big story of the universe. So, to the question, "Why am I here? There is, however, an overall big story answer in which we can each improvise within it. We have the big story of the Bible that helps us see the overall meaning of life and the overall direction that human history has taken and will take.
We have clues within this biblical story that tells us what the major themes are: "Love your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself" Mark — Other Christian actors from the past have made their contributions to Act 5, and we can learn from them. For instance, the Westminster Catechism of the seventeenth century asks, "What is the chief end of humanity?
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These general guidelines give us freedom to improvise, as long as our improvisation remains faithful to the big picture story, to its main themes, helped along by the insights of the Christian actors who have gone before us. Many Christians before us have contributed to God's reconciliation efforts. Or thousands of others who are lesser known but equally contributed to Act 5. So, why are you here?
Well, to answer that, you will have to answer for yourself, what will your verse be? The beauty of this, for me, is the great freedom God gives us.
We are not fixed to a narrow, previously scripted role that we have to somehow decipher and act out accordingly or else our lives are "screwed up"! No, God is much more gracious than that. God gives us the freedom to improvise, to feel our way along, to make our own contributions to the big story that he has written and is writing. In all of this, the great Master Artist God is still in full artistic control of the whole thing, as the ending, Act 6 is already written. This not only gives us freedom but also gives us relief. We are not burdened with the near impossible task of writing Act 6, of making the final chapter a reality.
God has that covered. We are not asked to create heaven on earth; God will do that in his own time. Our responsibility is to be faithful and to contribute toward Act 6. Act 6 depends on God, not on us. Despite the freedom and the relief, however, you might still feel intimidated or insignificant. You might say, what can I do? What verse can I contribute? How can anything I do be significant?
Well, two of Jesus' parables are always an encouragement to me: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened" Matthew — Contributing to God's kingdom, making verses or improvisations that connect to the renewed creation of Act 6, is like small mustard seeds or yeast, seemingly insignificant in size, yet grows into havens for birds or spreads, silently and invisibly, into all the flour.
We cannot judge our lives simply by our human standards. It may seem small and insignificant to us but in God's mysterious ways our lives are mustard seeds or yeast that grows or multiplies and make significant, if not essential, contributions to the big story. So, do not dread the question, "Why am I here? But you do this not to show off, but to be faithful to the integrity of the story.
In short, live your life by the biblical story, to glorify God and to enjoy God in all that you do.
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Member Login Register Free Account. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn. I summarize the six acts as follows: Act 1: Creation. Topics: Religion Vocation. Other articles you might enjoy. August 1 st by Shiao Chong. Sign Up for the Comment Newsletter. Connect with Comment. Comment Magazine Follow. Comment Magazine Like. They get endowed with the golden qualities of dispassion and detachment. He gives us a twofold action plan for our liberation He says-. This also leads to cleaning our subconscious mind, paving the way for God realization, and experiencing God within.
Next Birth- Where will we be born, and what will we be in our next lives and what actions will we be performing will depend on our destinies. Often in the new life, situations will come which are just the opposite of the previous life. Eg, if we were oppressed by someone, we would want to retaliate and dominate that person, but could not do so in that life.
This resentment will lead to new actions being accumulated. All actions should be performed as per the code given by Lord Krishna, and spelt out in the preceding paragraph above.
Why am I here? What’s God’s purpose for my life?
We as humans have limited faculties, and wander away from our real purpose. Anything that we pursue passionately will surely come within our reach. Once we embark on this path, our focus will shift from the world around us to God, who will then occupy the centre stage in our life. Nothing material will change, but We certainly will. As we progress, the intellect gets closely focused on God. All our thoughts and deeds are for God.
Our attention turns inwards and the mind is silenced and it naturally leads to happiness and inner peace. This unconditional Divine Love flowing all around, is the experience of God, which we feel first within us and then we feel it towards all around us.
Life Hereafter- Having reached this exalted state, the devotee would realize that he is in a state of bliss. There is nothing else to be done, nowhere else to go, nothing else to be achieved, that he is fulfilled and has achieved the purpose of his life. Having come thus far, how should the devotee spend the rest of his days of his life? Login Sign Up. Username Password Remember Me. To realize God. He says- Perform actions and deeds without eyes on the fruits of those actions. Perform actions selflessly. Perform actions for the good of others, and for the larger good of humanity.
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