Our Work

RECENTLY, while considering the question of work, a student found that word taking on an added significance in Paul's well-known admonition to the Philippians, "Work out your own salvation." We can attain our salvation only by work. This should be our constant occupation; and, therefore, no one need ever feel that he has no work or is out of work.

But what does it mean to work out our salvation? In the Glossary to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 593) Mary Baker Eddy defines "salvation" as "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed." Such a definition of the salvation which we are to work out unfolds an opportunity worthy of our finest endeavors; and right where we are this instant is the place in which to begin, or, having begun, to continue the work which must be completed by each of us at some time. Is anything else as important as the understanding which enables us to destroy sin, sickness, and death and demonstrate that Life, Truth, and Love are supreme over all?

Such a proof of the omnipotence of good and the powerlessness of evil necessarily includes realization of the supply with which to meet every human need. That supply may seem to come to us in various ways and through unexpected channels; but in the degree that thoughts of lack, injustice, sickness, and sin are excluded from our mental home they are prevented in our experience. We see, then, that our work is primarily mental — learning to receive and to use the ideas of God, divine Mind. And right mental activity is made manifest in useful employment.

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The Harvest Song
September 10, 1932

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