In John's Gospel we find the picture of seven fishermen toiling the whole night long without success. These men had apparently done all that was humanly possible; but we read that their toil proved fruitless until they discerned that they had been casting their net on the wrong side of the boat—on the side of matter or mortal thought. With this discovery spiritual understanding dawned, prompting them to cast their net on the right side—on the side of Spirit, Love. What was the result? "And now they were not able to draw it [the net] for the multitude of fishes."

How often we, too, like these fishermen, try to solve our problems through material means or by mixing the material with the spiritual! No wonder that the demonstrations are not made, and that our progress is slow! Or is it because we are trying to do the work of God, which is already done, or because we are trying to help God to do His work, instead of doing our own work aright, that we do not seem to get anywhere?

Not unlike these fishermen, a student of Christian Science had to learn the lesson of obedience. He had sustained, according to the evidence of mortal belief, heavy financial losses in business. In trying to work the problem out in Christian Science, he had failed to see the spiritual idea, man, as known by our common Father-Mother, God, instead of a dishonest, greedy mortal, and had permitted discouragement—one of the subtlest tools of evil—to creep into his consciousness, prompting him to dismiss the problem unsolved. Almost immediately thereafter he was confronted with a similar problem, even more aggravating, which resulted in additional material loss. This awakened him to the realization of his true responsibility, showing him that, as Mrs. Eddy tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 296), "Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self."

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Laborers in God's Vineyard
October 9, 1926

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