"One is your Master"

That there is a great deal of work to be done in the world, and that every individual should be a worker according to his opportunity, no honest man or woman would deny. To be busily engaged at something useful for somebody is the universal desire. Ruler or private citizen, officer or enlisted man, every one needs to have a productive relation, a real part, in the scheme of things. This is simply to say that every one is an employee. In the world of law and order there is no exception to this rule. It follows that every one needs to report to a higher power, a superior. To feel a permitted sense of responsibility, and be able to exercise it, makes one happy; to be out of work, or even to be at all uncertain about one's place, makes one miserable. And who is there that has not prayed to find his place and his employer,—a place meet for loyal obedience, and an employer worthy of such service and therefore able to protect, govern, and supply? Longing to appear before God, in confidence of His mercy, the whole war-torn world is repeating Job's agonized appeal, "Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!"

Now spiritual understanding shows that this prayer, if sincere, is reasonable, and that there is an intelligence which may be taken as one's permanent and constant employer, under all conditions and circumstances securing one's individual position, showing one his work, and giving one his daily bread. This intelligence, or Mind, is, must be, God; for in the Bible, where Jew and Gentile look for the deep things of Spirit, divine Principle, or God, we find the exhortation to "love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might," and to acknowledge that "one is your Master, even Christ," that is, God's anointed, the spiritual king of all the earth.

Right here comes the very practical question to the man and the woman seeking present help, How can I find that One who is my Master,—find Him not only in Bible reading but in daily, hourly experience? How can I find in the God of the Bible an actual Lord and Master, an everyday employer to whom to go for my orders and my supply? To this question Christian Science, discovered for this age by Mary Baker Eddy, an inspired woman raised up in the new world,—discovered as though just in time to meet the terrible perplexities of our own day,—gives direct and satisfying response. To many the Bible has been a sealed book, its spiritual meaning hidden behind a screen of dogmas, a confusion of creeds; God has seemed afar off, and His promises possible of fulfillment only in a distant future, so that dependence upon the Scriptures for guidance seemed at best problematical.

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The Denial of Self
October 5, 1918

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