Ordinarily speaking, position is a subject which at some time or other is interesting to most persons. The holding of a position implies the necessity of expressing some degree of ability, since any position carries with it certain obligations. From the most humble to the highest, any place makes specific demands upon the one occupying it. As in all things else, the mental significance is that which is of greatest importance.

Christian Scientists approach the thought of position from the mental standpoint alone. The lowliest or the most exalted place demands that if one accept it he must have a comprehensive understanding of the requirements divine Mind makes upon him in filling it. Whatever the specific nature of a position may be, the demands of divine Principle in connection with each and every one of them are always the same. Always there is the necessity that Christian Scientists watch their thinking, lest they entertain aught other than the thoughts God gives. Motives must be purified, selfishness must be replaced with unselfishness, and God's will must be understood and obeyed if any position is to be properly occupied.

The ancient prophet asked, "Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God?" evidently recognizing that all sense of right position must imply a correct answer to the question. Only as one approaches any duty from a true comprehension of God and of one's relation to Him, only as one sees that whatever he undertakes involves his standing properly before God, can he fulfill any responsibility in right fashion. Now this standing before God must include the quick alertness which is always waiting for His voice with a readiness to obey it, which can only be done perfectly as one has on the complete armor of right thinking which ever seeks first the divine will. The heart must be kept cleansed from all self-seeking, self-righteousness, personal ambition,—from all carnal desire,—else even though apparently called of God to work, one would not be ready to serve acceptably.

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June 23, 1928

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