Truth, Selective and Saving

To see a great magnet gather the nails and other bits of metal out of the rubbish of a steel mill, is to witness a wonderful question-awakening phenomenon, and find an illuminating illustration of the selective drawing-power of the spiritually-minded, the men and women who, securely linked to God, are expressing that discriminating activity of divine Love which is no less considerate and judician than it is outreaching and irresistible. The magnet is vitalized, given its very being through its representative relation and inherent responsiveness. In all that it is and does it is but a means for the expression of an unmeasured and inscrutable force.

As with the magnet, so with man as understood in Christian Science. In touch with divine Principle, his perception and power are God-bestowed, hence authoritative and dominant. This is the significance of St. Paul's great phrase, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." The truth voiced through man speaks for the divine presence, since "God is not separate from the wisdom He bestows" (Science and Health, p. 6). Christ Jesus declared that he came to do the works of God, and he further said that every Christian believer was to continue to manifest the divine power. This teaching respecting a Christian's authority and resources as an agent for God, has always been theoretically accepted, but only so, and Christian Science has come to make savingly practical this relationship, to demonstrate the almightiness of the word of Truth, when spoken by one who is spiritually linked to God.

Our illustration presents yet another no less interesting thought, namely, that every man of God is to manifest His "hidden wisdom." He is to see and to save every product and outgrowth of that Light which, as St. John has said, "lighteth every man that cometh into the world"; that not only sages and poets, but the common people in so far as they have been impelled by humility and nobility of aspiration, have gained something of good. He is to see the noblest and truest in human consciousness and discriminatingly appeal to it.

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"Perfect models"
January 10, 1914

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