Working, Watching, Praying

In metaphysics working means activity rather than toil, accomplishment rather than labor. No curse whatever is connected with it. By the sweat of the brow do men win material bread, but through joy in the heart man receives bread from heaven whereby he is sustained in his working. Of this sustainment Jesus said, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of," whereat the dull disciples thought some one had brought him food, and he had to explain to them, saying, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."

Now working is never done well without watching, because true working will bring the kingdom of heaven and cause the demolishment of various kingdoms of this earth, and there are foes to be overcome. Jesus said, "If my kingdom were of this world, then would my sevants fight"—that is, fight to maintain the worldly kingdom. And that is just what the servants of the kingdom of this world do most earnestly, fight against whatever will diminish or annul the power and prestige of that in which they believe. Consequently they fight against the coming of the kingdom of heaven, and lay antagonistic plans to hinder and ensnare those working for that coming of the government of Christ.

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