Our Part

Both self-respect and efficiency are conditioned in human experience by one's consciousness of his called and commission. The most stimulating thing that can come to a man is the conviction that he has something splendidly worth while to do, and that God stands behind him to help in the doing. The daring and devotion of heroism then becomes possible. Thus, though the psalmist ofttimes yielded to the temptation to account himself as good for nothing, when he was awakened to his privilege as a child of God he became transformed, made ready to dare and to do. He had gained the conquering consciousness, and sang with exultant joy, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" This in part explains the uplift which Christian Science brings to the thought and feeling of men. It furnishes the proof that they have not only the opportunity but the capacity to radiate the healing truth, and thus to do the Master's works even as he commanded.

The story told in the tenth chapter of Acts shows us pertinently that though Peter had done wondrous things through faith in the name of Jesus, he was nevertheless manacled by an inherited belief that the activities of good were limited by racial distinctions. Not only was the apostle healed of this false sense by the vision vouchsafed him, but he was led to understand as never before that God, divine Principle, is revealed, becomes redemptively effective upon the human plane, in the activity of His idea. When the word spoken to Cornelius, "He shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do," and the word spoken to himself, "Arise ... and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them," were duly wedded in Peter's thought, his life-work was given a new perspective, and his mouth was "opened" as it had not been, for the dissemination of the healing gospel. This enlarged perception of one's individual place and privilege in the divine order is an immediate bestowal of Christian Science. However dense one's past torpidity and listlessness, he can but be quickened into busy usefulness by the assurance that he actually figures in the program of the world's redemption.

Among the Churches
September 26, 1914

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