True Service

After some knowledge has been gained of the teachings of Christian Science, many of us discover the sincere desire growing in our hearts to serve God, and we look forward with joy to such service, feeling that we are able through our study to serve Him in a better and more intelligent way than ever before. In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 5) Mrs. Eddy says, "The spiritual understanding which demonstrates Christian Science, enables the devout Scientist to worship, not an unknown God, but Him whom, understanding even in part, he continues to love more and to serve better."

Sometimes we are tempted to believe we are not far enough along in the study of this truth to serve acceptably. Seeing those who are healing the sick and bringing comfort to others, we look at our own apparently limited supply of spiritual understanding with doubt whether it will enable us to be of much use. This frequently happens when we want to outline just how we shall serve; but if we will give up our material concept of service and listen for God's voice, we shall be led to serve truly, though it may be in what seems to us a very humble way. False pride may tell us that, compared with the work of other Christian Scientists in the upbuilding of God's kingdom on earth, ours is but a poor and pitiful attempt. Error even whispers at times that our slow progress constitutes a hindrance to the cause in our community. But when these mortal thoughts crowd in on us, how comforting is the assurance of our dear Leader (Miscellany, p. 195): "To do good to all because we love all, and to use in God's service the one talent that we all have, is our only means of adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep discontent with our shortcomings."

The Perfect Gift
April 22, 1922

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