"Followers of God"

In his epistle to the Ephesians Paul writes, "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us." But how to be a true follower of God is the question which springs spontaneously to the lips.

Now in order to answer the question it is necessary to possess a knowledge of God, to be able to define Him to ourselves. And here is where Christian Science comes in with its wonderful spiritual illumination. If we will turn to page 587 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," we shall find the definition of God which Mrs. Eddy gives, one of the most enlightening and helpful definitions ever presented to mankind. It reads as follows: "God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence." It takes a lot of study to grasp the meaning of the definition even feebly. But what a reward there is for everyone who gains more than a glimpse into the divine nature through it!

It is surely correct to say that one who understands God as Mrs. Eddy has defined Him above, and strives to live in accordance with his understanding, is a follower of God. It will repay us to examine the definition a little more closely. God is the "I am." In absolute Science there is only the one Ego—God. How this cuts at the false egotistical sense of mortals, mortals who believe themselves to be independent, self-contained entities! There is only one Ego—God; and man, the real spiritual man, is the reflection of God, possessing naught of his own, but deriving all from the divine Principle. The thought of man as a creator vanishes upon the understanding of God as "the great I am." Man is the created of God, the creation of God, entirely dependent upon God for life and love and good—all true spiritual sustenance.

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Gentleness and Greatness
December 3, 1927

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