I recently heard a phrase from a speaker that stuck in my mind. He spoke of repentance as “agreeing with God.” This reminded me of Thomas Merton. The false self has a pretty high opinion of itself generally. The idea that you are sinful and need a savior does not fit his view of himself. You have a fundamental disagreement with reality. In agreeing with God you are agreeing with his reality and not the twisted view of the ego. You are shedding the deception of the enemy and accepting the truth. You are trusting God’s assessment of yourself and rejecting the lies and masks that you have created.
This helps clarify what Salvation is. It is accepting his view of yourself and asking him for help in your need. Salvation becomes establishing a relationship with the transcendent truthteller. It allows you to begin to see reality and see the world and yourself as you really are. This is a total change in your perspective and must occur to enter into reality. Unless you know you need him, a relationship with him is an option. Once you see the truth you know you have to have him for soul survival. You realize that it is not about you and that you are not self-sufficient.
After many years on this journey, I realize that am dependent on Him for all that is good in my life. I can only make a mess without His help. When I trust in Him, he leads me to all truth (Jn 16:13) and keeps the reality about myself and the world around me intact. He clarifies my vision and exposes my deception. He shows me the path ahead and gives me a realistic perspective as I navigate the journey. It is the key to my survival as I travel the rugged path of life. When I was in High School, I traveled to Ecuador on a missions trip. My journey took me on a road trip into the Andes Mountains. When I looked out of the bus window all I could see was a view of the thousands of feet below and could not see the road at all. I had no choice but to trust the driver. He could see the road ahead and had been down that road before. Your journey will take you to places that are treacherous and fraught with danger. Your saving grace will be the presence of your savior speaking the truth and keeping you firmly in reality. It is your only hope in navigating the path and not slipping off the road.
Each one of us needs the truth spoken by the transcendent truthteller. It all begins with agreeing with Him” and acting on that truth. He promises to be there for you the whole way of the journey and to lead you safely until your last breath. “He will never leave you or forsake you” (Deut. 31:8). The Psalmist David says with confidence, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil, for you are with me…” (Psalm 23:4). This confidence comes from knowing and trusting the truthteller. He will be with you. You have no reason for fear.