"Thy Will Be Done"

The prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane, "Thy will be done," is in harmony with all his other prayers and with his whole life-work and purpose. He not only came down from heaven to do his Father's will, but, under the most trying human conditions, he delighted to do His will. His meat was to do the will of Him who sent him and to "finish his work." He explained his ability to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to judge righteous judgment, because he sought not his own will, but the will of Him who sent him. He made willingness to do "His will" the basis for knowing "the doctrine." He taught that his brothers and sisters were those who did the will of God. He made doing the will of God the condition for entering into the kingdom of heaven. "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

To the degree that the Christ-light has lit up any life coming into the world, it has brought the spirit of joyful and willing obedience to the will of God. All who have had this light have not only prayed, "Teach me to do Thy will;" but they have delighted to do that will. From the days of Enoch until now they have sought to do "God's work in God's way," and to please God rather than themselves. This has been especially true of the worthies of the Old Testament, the Apostles of the New, and the saints and reformers of the Christian Church. And the one through whom the Science of Christianity, the understanding of God that heals the sick and the sinner, has come to this age, the Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy, has been and is "a willing disciple at the heavenly gate, waiting for the Mind of Christ" (Preface to Science and Health, p. ix). Through willing discipleship and joyous obedience to the will of God, Mrs. Eddy has been enabled to do what she has for the health, morals, and spiritual elevation of the race.

November 7, 1903

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