Letting the Light Shine

Jesus could never have counseled men to be and to do the impossible. He urged upon them the greatness and glory of a career which was shown to be both theoretically and demonstrably practicable, Christian Science makes it clear that in commending a luminous life to his disciples disciples he declared not only for the fact that the light of Truth was beaming upon them, but that it was theirs to utilize, theirs to understand and interpret in their life and conduct, and thus fulfil the ministry of the sons of God. Jesus said relatively little about the philosophy of this spiritual radiation, but he continuously illustrated it in his living, and it thus reached and awakened men,—was made a practical basis of confidence and faith. Referring to the nature of his own work, he said to the Father, "The glory which thou gavest me I have given them;" and the realization and acceptance of this exalted privilege of transmitting the glory—the truth, beauty, and love — of God, it was this that freed them from their bondage to the commonplace of human experience. When the capacity, the culture, and the aspiration of humanity all become serviceable to Truth, then men have entered upon the true life in the ministry of Christ.

It has been said that the worth of life is found in this capacity to express the truth of God to men, and this also determines its satisfaction and its joy. Christian Science amplifies and emphasizes this thought in its recognition of man as a divine idea, the going forth of God,—as neither having nor being anything apart from God. Jesus distinctly said this of himself: "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." He knew no power or activity apart from God. Not mechanically, but consciously and willingly he let the light of Truth shine,—so willingly that he was impelled to say it was impossible for him to do otherwise. He thus became our example in that glad consecration, that immediate responsiveness to God which amounts to a spontaneous impulse. This is the abandon of love which removes every seeming impediment to the divine manifestation. Let your light shine,—every light-house keeper understands that this is his governing law. Be the weather fair or foul, he knows that the command of the Government is backed by the expectation of every mariner on the seas, and he knows nothing else but to utilize the resources supplied him for light giving,—to keep his lamp trimmed, his flame bright. This command to give forth light is a clarion call from the Master to his every follower, and to the faithful student of Christian Science it must bring a sense of exalted privilege, as well as of deep responsibility, since for him the way of obedience has been made clear as never before.

Letters to our Leader
October 14, 1905

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