Effective Testimony

The question is sometimes raised as to what motive should be dominant in the thought of Christian Scientists in support of the weekly testimony meetings. So essential to the growth of Christian Science are these meetings, so accurately do they register the spiritual status of the church body, that adequate mental preparation for them on the part of the church membership is surely vital.

One attitude of thought not uncommonly indulged, namely, that the responsibility for these meetings is in God's hands and we therefore need make no preparation for them, may safely be eliminated as dangerous. It is true that the meetings are in God's care; but it is to be remembered that while God's work may be said to be forever done, our work as channels for its manifestation is by no means completed. In a certain sense, His work for us was done when we were healed of sickness and sin, when divine Truth redeemed us from sorrow and fear; and the meetings have been appointed that we may tell what God has done, that out of the richness of our experience, the fulness of our gratitude, we may disclose to others the operation of divine law. Responsibility for this, our part, does not devolve upon God, although He does supply incentive, strength, and reward for the service we may render. Everything is done for us that can be done, except only the actual paying of our debt of gratitude.

God's Perfect Will
September 19, 1914

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