Citizenship with God

To be a true citizen of one's country is creditable, but it is not enough. God requires the whole heart, and it is only as one becomes quickened by the Christ, the universal action of divine Principle, that true citizenship is gained. Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, was a great exemplar of true citizenship. She gave us a vision of the city of Zion, and through her work enables the student to attain and retain this vision which rouses him out of a self-righteous belief of citizenship into improved conditions; thus the march goes on, until we behold the real city of our God. Mrs. Eddy says (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 147): "The upright man is guided by a fixed Principle, which destines him to do nothing but what is honorable, and to abhor whatever is base or unworthy; hence we find him ever the same,—at all times the trusty friend, the affectionate relative, the conscientious man of business, the pious worker, the public-spirited citizen. He assumes no borrowed appearance. He seeks no mask to cover him, for he acts no studied part; but he is indeed what he appears to be,—full of truth, candor, and humanity."

We may pride ourselves in being considered good community workers, good townspeople, splendid patriots, and our fellow neighbors may regard us as all-around, respected citizens. In all human earnestness we believe the growth of grace we so much desire has come upon us! We therefore continue to build a fortification in our vain imaginings to be praised of men, but unless the deep-seated conviction of humility and goodness, bringing with it a childlike trust in God, has been experienced, we are building upon sand. Mortal mind loves the flattery of itself, "I am a good man." Jesus said, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!" But mortal mind, being guided by nothing but its own ignorance, cannot heed the warning and, in its haste to finish its man of clay, neglects the strong foundation; so when the winds of its own creating blow and beat, the structure falls. Then mortal man is heard to cry, "Save, or I perish." When the human mind is sufficiently emptied of false beliefs, it is ready to turn to the ever present divine Mind which saves it from itself by taking away all of its supposed sovereignty; a new man steps forth, ready for his work in this true citizenship, a worker sufficiently humble to begin his work.

Helping Others
January 8, 1921

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