When we talk about spiritual life, it seems a very abstract concept to us. Do you know that the goal of our spiritual growth is to prepare us spiritually to serve God and rule the kingdom with him?
O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting. ( ~ The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh)
25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (~Luke 22:25~30)
Let’s image ourselves as a king. We might know what kind of king we would like to be if we were one. God wants us be a one that is like a servant, to serve his people instead of commanding his people. He makes sure his people all have a place to live and have enough clothes to wear and to eat. He listens what his people say instead of his people listening what he says. In difficult times, he opens the country’s food bank or reduces taxes to help his people get through the difficulty. He knows his ministers, and helps solve conflicts between ministers. When problems come, he focuses on solving problems. He may pool the resource inside the kingdom or ask the nation to work together to help solve the problems. We want be this kind of king to make our people happy. Provide for their needs instead of setting all the rules to prevent them from fulfilling their needs.
In our spiritual world, we can act like a king in our daily life. In our environment no matter what roles we play, at home, in our community or at work, we serve people around us, understand and provide them what they need (material and spiritual). When difficulty arises, we support our family and our community in many ways and walk through it with them. We listen to what they say and determine what they need. When we see the people having problems in our surroundings, we try to reduce conflict or at least not making more conflict. We focus on problem solving instead of complaining.
To be the ruler in our spiritual kingdom we need all the good characteristics in which God tries to train us. Those good characteristics are attained through spiritual growth. We need to follow the commandments which God give us to train ourselves to become good rulers. We probably are not very good ones at the beginning. By knowing the role we are playing in our spiritual life and relating that to our material life, we use this concept to understand what spiritual life is. There are many ways to analogize the concept. I hope you won’t just stick with the example I made.