"Hear these imperative commands"

CHRISTIAN living cannot be regarded otherwise than seriously. By that is not meant that the life of the Christian should be joyless—quite the reverse. But while joy and gladness should be much in evidence, there should also be the recognition that the Christian life ought to be characterized by deep earnestness and tremendous sincerity. Otherwise, one may, as it were, only be playing with the great truths of Being; and in doing so be virtually mocking at what should be to him the most sacred things.

The position of the Christian is very clearly set forth by Mrs. Eddy on page 37 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where the duties incumbent upon him are specifically stated. Mrs. Eddy writes: "Christians claim to be his [Christ Jesus'] followers, but do they follow him in the way that he commanded? Hear these imperative commands: 'Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect!' 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature!' 'Heal the sick!'" Very definite commands of the Master, indeed! And no one calling himself by the name of Christian dare set them aside as not applicable to him.

February 18, 1928

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