Saving Activity

The apostle's counsel to the Philippians, "Work out your own salvation," indicates that positive and sustained activity is an essential of true Christianity. That this was understood by the early Church Fathers is seen by the inclusion of "sloth" among the "seven deadly sins," although the modern tendency is to limit its application to mere physical idleness. The demand that men shall be active in the world of sense is not more insistent than it is in the spiritual realm, the difference being that mortals believe the former to be a necessity, while the latter is looked upon largely as a matter of choice. One must have food and clothes and shelter, they say, and therefore one must work for them; but they do not see that to keep goodness and purity and love active in the heart is a greater necessity than to procure the things which "perish with the using."

A student is sometimes tempted to feel discouraged because he still finds himself in the grasp of discordant conditions, and still in bondage to the ungodliness in his own thoughts; but may it not be that we ask or expect from Christian Science more than we are willing in our hearts to work for, or to make room for? Mortals are not saved from evil by a passive recognition of its unreality, or by an intellectual acceptance of the teachings of Christian Science. In her loving but decisive way Mrs. Eddy writes in her Message to The Mother Church for 1900 (p. 2), "The song of Christian Science is, 'Work—work—work—watch and pray.'" And this means that we must make Christian Science the business of our lives; that we must be absorbingly busy in the right direction, mentally, morally, and spiritually, every moment.

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