Benighted mortals are prone to lose sight of the fact that there is no human equivalent for divine Truth. There is nothing in the material sense universe which one who is spiritually enlightened could accept in exchange for God's bounty and goodness. All the accumulated wealth of the world could not purchase one atom of spiritual substance. Obedience to God's law wins all and surrenders nothing.

The very first step in the pathway of obedience is to learn the spiritual import of self-sacrifice as indicated in the words of the Master: "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Christian Science loosens the fetters of finite belief concerning this subject of self-sacrifice, leaving no doubt in the thought of the student as to its real import. Self-sacrifice to the student of Christian Science is nothing less than the willing exchange of the human consciousness for the divine. Sooner or later, here or somewhere, every mortal must surrender everything that constitutes a mortal mentality, and accept in its stead the Mind or consciousness of the Christ. As the apostle expressed it, we must bring "into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ," for as high as heaven above the earth are God's thoughts above the thoughts of mortals.

August 16, 1913

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