“To shorten the way to heaven, the Messiah, a specific people or individual must take responsibility through self-sacrifice. Many saints have given up their lives for this cause. The rise and fall of many nations was to fill the valleys and level the hills. History to this day has consisted of people making themselves merry, thus it is a history of ups and downs. It goes on a spree, rising and falling. Equality like that of the present was established in this manner. Equality is peace.” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon
“In the Last Days, there will be no way to survive if the direction of history is not reversed. To change its direction, we have to understand in what direction it is moving now. Since history has drawn to an end through the sacrifices of a third party, peace will definitely not come to the world if man does things in the same way as he has until now.” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon
“A person who fights and bleeds profusely in the harsh process of building a new kingdom of peace, a Heaven of freedom, will not perish. The blood he sheds is not the blood of death, but a source of life. What he has achieved in this manner is the base we have to reach, embody in our lives and bequeath to our future generations. It is a painful reality.
“Oh, Heavenly Father! Your divine Will, which You have always wanted to take pride in, centering on the ideal of creation, has reached fruition in me. The man You have appointed has achieved union with the internal heart, which You have eternally wanted to take pride in before the world.”
You have to pray like this before Heaven and crave for the day of moving into the heavenly kingdom of liberty and peace where God can rejoice.” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon
“If you become the person who can act in place of the ideology of the universal Kingdom of Heaven to unfold the movement of God’s love, life and truth, then the world of peace will be built on this earth. Therefore, your own parents are not the only parents, your own siblings are not the only siblings and your own children are not the only children. When you become the person who can regard all people as your parents, siblings and children, when you look upon the many people who are suffering in the world of death, you will not be able to relate with them without tears. When you look at your siblings or someone younger, you will feel a strong sense of responsibility to save them, and with tears you will make every effort to carry it out. If you truly become this kind of person, then the Kingdom of Heaven will be constructed on this earth centering on you.” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon
It’s been 6 years by now since this blog started. With around 1200 posts, ups and downs, tremendous changes in life, there is this question to raise: what does it mean to be a pastor?
Actually, this should also include what it takes to be a pastor.
What is a pastor, anyway?
First, there are the easy answers: caretaker, soulfinder, listener, advisor, friend.
The one who is always there for you even if you don’t show up and never call back – just when you are in need to feel better in your self-made personal hell.
Was Jesus a pastor? Of course, He wasn’t.
Yet He was, indeed.
There is this unceasing need deep down in all of us to get better, to feel happy and be less miserable – to get at least a little grasp of joy when it seems dark.
Overachievers obviously want to save the world, to shape it to Heaven or at least start the process on their own way and understanding.
Now, I’m an overachiever here, it seems.
There are the other answers for being a pastor, the ones making me uneasy almost all the time: immaculate, clear, spotless, a growing child of God, our Heavenly Parent. Somebody who always smiles, wise and stays in a tranquil place.
It took me a longer while to admit it to myself: I’m not always immaculate nor clear, I have stains and although I really long for helping God, mostly I’m challenged and can be shattered easier than it would be convenient.
How selfish, I know…
Though I’m dedicated and persevering, these that’s for sure I’ve inherited and learned the hard way from my Father, Reverend Moon. Yes, He is my spiritual Father, feels closer than my real one ever. Actually, He had me have brighter understanding of my trapped biological parents.
I’ve always felt Jesus, Yeshua is my brother, the real one.
The same goes to my children as they frequently can meet and talk to Him.
Honesty is also a part of being a pastor, the bare truth to be told and shown with nothing to hide or hold back.
Actually, I’m always saying the truth, I’m unable to lie or hold back. Tricky thing with when it comes to gifts and surprises.
That’s a treat once I thought worth to give up and will lead to personal salvation and liberation, so that would affect to whole world, or at least a larger part of it, faster and greater, more efficient.
How wrong I was…!
God had me live a various life to gain a large skilset, now I know in order to utilize those skills for helping the world, helping Him better.
And that’s not a one way street, more comes always back when the giving is absolute, unconditional.
Putting myself low in order to have others feel better and greater is never the way – though I used to have this practice.
However, each and every one of us has a unique, unprecedent value, a special truth in ourselves that nobody else has ever had nor ever will have. We are all one of a kind representatives of the very same Heavenly Parent.
We are all the same in our differences and together we make a whole.
There are several ways of guiding others, being a mediator in between God and the ones who do not even know they are lost. Sacrifice, is a major thing in it.
Although none of us will ever have to bear what Jesus had to, yet, emotionally we are going through our Golgothas all the time, we are on the cross voluntarily. This is the way to experience the suffering and aching heart of our Heavenly Parent. And it is not about us – we can say no anytime.
We are free.
But with free will comes responsibility.
The greater the knowledge, the greater the stake.
Everybody is responsible according to his/her understanding.
And I like knowing more and more…
Ultimately, everything comes to this: loving the world -and here it means actions without expecting anything in return- must be more important than loving our own children and family, ourselves. Of course, there must be a balance in a way, but the focus should be on those, who are further from the ideal.
That’s something we have been taught by Jesus and God a lot…
I’m sure I need to find a right balance in between self-care and living for the sake of others, too. At least sometimes treat of refreshing sleep and more regular meals are ways to do even more.
I am not omnipotent, and I tend to forget it.
So, this one is also true: being a pastor means paving a way in finding internal-external balance, too.
Prayers must be actions and anything can be a prayer in this aspect.
Let’s pray-act together!
You should know that although Jesus Christ was a true individual being, he has not expanded to the level of the family, the society, the nation and the world in stages. Thus, the sorrow of Jesus Christ has escalated into that of the cosmos, of God and of Heaven.
Therefore, humankind has wished for the day to come when they could moderate such sorrow and accomplish the eternal victory of Heaven. You must testify throughout your lives to the value of the whole dispensation of heaven and earth, and have the determination to manifest the love of heaven and earth.
However, there are differences between your view of the value of life you wish and God’s view of the value of the cosmic life He wishes for in order to complete the whole dispensation. Therefore, you must equip your minds with the attitude that you can lead a worldwide and cosmic life even in your individual lives, throughout your life course, setting the heavenly principle of hope as the standard. If you maintain such an attitude in your mind, then even when you do not completely realize the will, you can continually make internal connections with the whole.
That is why Jesus said, “Heaven exists in your mind.” What is the meaning of this? Jesus, who came as a man of cosmic love and perfect truth, with the value of cosmic life, said this to mean that the kingdom of Heaven will appear only when each person fulfils the whole value God blessed him with and maintains it as his foundation.
When individuals belonging to the realm of Heaven gather in unity to launch the worldwide life campaign and let the many good spiritual beings in the spiritual world make connections with the whole, the will of cosmic life on earth that Jesus tried to restore will be concluded for the first time. You must know this.
Jesus came with the mission to restore the cosmic life. When the people of that time received Jesus without understanding his mission or position, Jesus scorned them and told them that they must not be more concerned about what to eat, drink and wear than about God’s nation and righteousness. He told them not to adopt these concerns as the standard of their lives. If there is a person who lives with the determination to lead his daily life on behalf of God and Jesus Christ and to fight for the world, he will not be alone. God will be with such a person and Jesus and the Holy Spirit will also be with him until the end of the world. On the other hand, the people then led their lives concerned only about their own well- being, without understanding such relations. That is why Jesus scorned them.
What then is the purpose of your faith in Jesus in the last days? It is not for the sake of receiving some external worldly blessing. It is not for the sake of your individual well-being or good life either. Our good life is for the sake of Jesus and God. When that purpose changes its direction, things may appear fine, but as days go by, things will go awry. On the contrary, if humankind lives for the sake of Jesus, God and the world, Jesus said that God will bear the responsibility for everything.
By the way, while you have the responsibility to fulfil the will of God, the question is how much and how far you can sacrifice yourselves toward its fulfilment. If you sacrifice for your own sake, you will become an individual hero. if you sacrifice for the benefit of the world, you will become a worldly hero. If you sacrifice for heaven and earth to establish the victorious standard of life, you will become a hero who will govern Heaven and Earth. That is why Jesus has been striving behind the scenes until now to make humankind resemble his character, to find and establish the value of life.
It is so indescribably important for each of you to raise yourself and launch a restoration campaign for such a life. When viewed from the aspect of human history, in the sense of the realities of the world or in the perspective of the eternal hope of the future, this is vitally important. You have a great responsibility.
Your standard of life, including eating and all aspects of living, must be for the sake of restoring the whole life in the place of Jesus Christ. Moreover, you must become the one who proceeds forward with a sense of responsibility to realize the value of the whole life God is looking for, centring on the love that Jesus set up. Only when you become such persons will God’s Will of restoring the cosmic life be completed through you. You must understand that the place where such people gather to live is Heaven. The more such people there are, the more God will be with them and the more God will be delighted.
Jesus’ View of Life for the Sake of the Restoration
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
January 6, 1957
“How then should we who are to fulfil God’s will lead our lives now? Our day-to-day lives should not become ones that deal only with the internal and external matters of our own selves. Beyond matters of our own concern, we must connect ourselves with matters of the whole and take the responsibility to realize eternal value. Only then can you fulfil the will of Heaven’s gospel. When you take the path of missionary work with such a sense of duty, God will be with you. Similarly, when you lead your lives with loving and caring hearts, you will surely witness the miracle of recreation. You must know this for certain.” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon
what have I done
if I have done
what have I missed
if I have missed
I wasn’t here
where I should have been
I haven’t seen
what should I have seen
they are just innocent
to be harmed this way
what have I done
what I should have seen?
just missed the life
who we miss now and tomorrow
can’t see the pain
doubts in everything
and prayers to God
to forgive what I have
and haven’t done
have no words
even my existence is so heavy
how could I endure it
when others suffer
I feel I can’t bear the pain that others suffer
I wish time to turn back
I wish to change the Rules
I wish myself to suffer and ache instead of them
I wish I was True Father to bear this
I wish I was a True Man to bear it
I wish to resemble Him
who suffers the most because of me
because of me
because of me
He lifts me up
turning my powerlessness into capable capacity
to love them again
and the humanity