In the Dedicatory Sermon written by Mrs. Eddy for the dedication services of the original edifice of The Mother Church, we find the following inspiring words (Pulpit and Press, p. 3): "Know, then, that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dispossess you of this heritage and trespass on Love. If you maintain this position, who or what can cause you to sin or suffer?" Nevertheless, how rarely do men consider "position" from the standpoint which Mrs. Eddy here presents! How rarely, for example, is the thought of position connected alone with thinking and acting rightly! And yet what a tremendous blessing is here coupled with the maintenance of such position: that one cannot then be made "to sin or suffer"! Surely this is the goal that all men must eventually attain!

There is no doubt that all mankind is much interested in the thought of what is denominated as worldly position. It may be said that there is no mortal who does not at times contemplate what he calls his own rightful position in the world, and rarely are there those who do not outline in their own thinking some gift of place with which they hope their human ambition may be satisfied. From the lowliest position to the highest office the world has to offer, all are looked upon with human desire so long as men believe that good is to be found in earthly pinnacles and personal crowns.

Now the truth is that no man or woman can, in reality, ever be in any other position than the altogether holy and lofty one of reflecting the almighty, all-perfect God. This is the position which Jesus lived on earth to define and demonstrate. And what was the basis of this work of his? May it not be said to have been his mighty humility, whereby he proved himself to be the Son of God? To establish this position Paul tells us that Jesus "made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant." To the human sense of things Jesus therefore appeared as the servant of all.

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Among the Churches
May 21, 1927

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