To sacrifice literally means "to make sacred." Popular usage has reduced the meaning merely to the denial to one's self of that which seems attractive and desirable for that which appears to be but vaguely advantageous. But popular opinion in this case is as far astray as it is apt to be in most cases; for it is based upon human belief. All we are ever called upon to sacrifice, speaking absolutely and in the sense of giving up something, is that which is material; and materiality is never anything more than nothingness. And what do we thus gain by making sacred our viewpoint? Reality! Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 16), "A great sacrifice of material things must precede this advanced spiritual understanding."

Unless sacrifice leaves us more spiritually-minded than it found us, it is not genuine sacrifice, which must be the giving up of the human sense for the divine; and unless this higher object shall have been attained, the so-called sacrifice is fallacious and savors of self-inflicted martyrdom and asceticism. There must be spiritual growth, progress, attainment. The fruit of sacrifice must be wholly spiritual, because it is the surrender of false belief for reality.

Exacting Principle
August 4, 1923

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