Obedience to God

Obedience to God has not yet been accepted by all men as the highest of privileges. Comparatively few yet realize that such obedience is the open door to all that is rich and desirable, to all that is pure and holy, to all that results in greatest and incomparable blessing. Neither does mankind yet realize that this obedience must be without taint of personal desire, if it is to be acceptable to God. It must also be quick and intelligent, if right results are readily to accrue.

Now Christian Science reveals the absolute truth that man as the image and likeness of God has no power to express less than perfect obedience to his Maker. Since he is the complete and perfect reflection of God, he can know no will or control except that which is in and of divine Mind. Mortals, however, have the task of learning to obey God, divine Principle, of bringing every thought into subjection to Truth and Love, before the spontaneous reflection of good can be realized. They therefore must avail themselves of all the helps divine Mind has provided, that they may learn to understand the exact nature of true obedience and the way in which to gain dominion over the beliefs of the so-called human will.

Since Jesus is our Way-shower from the beliefs of the flesh into the realization of Spirit, we naturally turn to his precepts and to his own demonstration of them to find the way to true obedience. In her Message to The Mother Church for 1901 (p. 11) Mrs. Eddy writes, "To my sense the Sermon on the Mount, read each Sunday without comment and obeyed throughout the week, would be enough for Christian practice." There is no question but that Jesus obeyed implicitly every statement he had himself laid down in this sermon. No precept contained therein was too difficult for him to obey; no demand which it makes was too strong for his complete acceptance. He not only obeyed the commands contained therein, but he also accepted and proved that the precious promises which accompany those commands were his in rich fulfillment. The covenants which God had made in the Beatitudes, for instance, were more than promises to him, for he proved them to be the very law of his being.

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February 4, 1928

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