Helping Others

Christian Science is a religion of helpfulness. It is a knowledge of God put into practice. It is good made manifest in demonstration. The unselfish desire to lighten another's burdens is one of the first signs of individual awakening to spiritual life. This desire may at first show itself in an overzealous effort to help others before learning how to help one's self. But when this "not according to knowledge" period is passed, one finds himself face to face with the problem of first lifting his own burdens before proclaiming what he can do for others. The beam in one's own eye claims to be a very negligible quantity until Truth is spiritually discerned. Then we see the importance of working out our own salvation; and the gentleness, humility, and love which we express are a standing invitation, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden." When we can say with the heart, "I can of mine own self do nothing," but "the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works," then it is that we are prepared to do real constructive work for others.

It is indeed true, as our Leader says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 449), that "a grain of Christian Science does wonders for mortals, so omnipotent is Truth." This helps one to understand the truly wonderful demonstration of the three Hebrew captives in the Babylonian furnace and that of Daniel in the presence of the lions. Who of us, grateful for all that we know of Truth, for all the helpful proofs that have come to us in Christian Science, for the spiritual understanding of God's healing power which we humbly claim as our own—who of us to-day would be able literally to face such conditions and to experience such results? We do not question the authenticity of these experiences, because we have ourselves proved the divine Principle of such experiences to be demonstrably true. Convincing proofs of God's power and presence are daily taking place with Christian Scientists, many of them too sacred to give out to the world; but no student of Science has yet attained to the standard of the Master. If what has been accomplished for the world by "a grain of Christian Science" is worthy of being termed wonderful, what may be said when instantaneous healing shall have become the rule and not the exception?

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