Jesus said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." Those who have accepted the teachings of Christian Science, and have been studying the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," for some years, find therein an imperative and constant demand for progress. A few who have not apprehended what this teaching involves, may have grown weary, and under stress of some "hard saying" have become offended, like a portion of the Master's followers who "from that time ... walked no more with him." To say that Christian Science is an easy method of salvation would be to understate the facts. There is no royal road to true, practical religion. An acquiescent belief in Truth is quite futile. The demand is for repeated proof or demonstration that we understand Truth. Every problem solved means advancement to a higher standard. Our great comfort is that increased knowledge of divine Truth brings clearer understanding and power to work, so that we may ultimately rejoice in tribulation, knowing that it will eventually bring "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

It is often helpful to remember what others went through at the dawn of the Christian era for Truth's sake; how Paul endured in his wonderful work and practice, and also to recall our Leader's struggles in the early years of this great movement. Without such trials and testings what would have been the value of these examples of fidelity? Mrs. Eddy says, "Progress takes off human shackles" (Science and Health, p. 256), and surely it is inspiring to know that the bondage of material sense must ere long give place to perfect freedom. Advancement is gained by devout consecration and love for the cause. It is through moral and spiritual growth that we conquer error. Christian Science presents the highest ideal. It teaches that it is not merely intellectual development that is needed, but self-abnegation and love for God and man.

Wednesday Evening Testimonies
July 18, 1914

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