Angels find “rest” in their vocation

In fact, work becomes burdensome to angels only when any idea of recompense, honors, pleasures or riches enters into their heads. Heavenly “rest” involves good works—without reward!

This most certainly challenges the worldly view that acquiring riches and “stuff” leads to happiness. But angels find rest and happiness by removing this weight from their lives.

Why are things so different in the Lord’s kingdom from that of working in the everyday, physical world?

The reason is that in heaven, when we cast our physical bodies aside and live as spiritual beings, true rest becomes synonymous with peace. Peace and heavenly happiness become burdened by all worldly anxieties and any diversion of the focus of love towards the neighbor to that of mere love of self. How can one expect to find peace if one’s abilities are not offered freely—from the heart?

Heavenly peace is not one-sided, either. The love a person gives to others in heaven is reciprocated. So everyone benefits and everyone is elevated.

Living in the physical world with a physical body does indeed require recompense to keep a roof over one’s head, fill one’s belly, or even to get married and raise a family. But inner peace and happiness is not acquired simply by payment, unless we adopt a sincere, spiritual attitude towards serving others. Otherwise, we ourselves work from servitude (which is hell) rather than from love and freedom.

(Once a person acquires a lot of money in this world, one is then burdened with protecting it.)

God does not ask us to become naïve or a pushover, but to learn the ways of the world while maintaining a spiritual conscience. This is communicated in Holy Scripture by the interesting passage “Be wise as serpents but innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

Heaven is a kingdom of love. The more love you freely give through your God-given talents the more enriched your inner spiritual life and the spiritual life of others becomes.

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to Angels find “rest” in their vocation

  1. Allelyah says:

    You are understanding something interesting. God causes life to understand perfect unity and to be interested in what God is doing and an existence understands continuous infatuation (which is another way to describe agape states like love and peace and joy and appreciation). Eternally, we will all exist as a one united being having areas of life according to a causation of the experience of God’s knowledge. Life can and is supposed to be interested in using itself within what is understood as the temporal world while also in an environment that uses itself with a rotation that causes out integrations with non united communication around. I love you very much and you are interested in Angel Beings and so is God, they understand continuous praise for how God causes them to use themselves doing something that understands to them what God is doing. God can cause you to experience yourself as you always will, providing you with a united understanding of God and you can use yourself providing something that is able to be used by life around you in what ever way you are caused to an interest. That is the only may providing something is able to be done without being caused to understand integrations into the area where you understand yourself to be “thinking” or caused to do. Life is to understand that it understands knowledge inside of an area that attaches knowledge to awareness and is caused to do through the movement of God within that area.

    Again, your interest and many words you are using are able to be united if caused together with the knowledge that you can use yourself within what God is doing purely now.

    Relative to what you are able to understand as an interest, continuous experiences with God to you and to the life of your immediate environment (activities and attachments) who are to understand God in one unity.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Allelyah,

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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