Working for God

To one whose thought is newly awakened to the truth as taught in Christian Science, there may appear a question as to the significance of the expressions, "the passage from sense to Soul" and "working for God."

The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science makes the meaning of these terms clear, and we learn that the former applies to the mental journey away from the erroneous sense of existence as material to the true or spiritual sense of being. Study of her writings brings a clearer apprehension of the actual truth about everything, the true idea of being that Christ Jesus gave, the truth that leads ever upward and away from material concepts. It is not possible to work aright for God, Truth, until this journey from sense to Soul is begun; for so long as thought looks to person, the human body, and material possessions for happiness, health, and pleasure, it is looking away from the true source of joy, health, and substance.

As God's children we possess the God-bestowed capacity to perceive the actual—that which is; and the measure of our understanding of eternal, unchangeable Truth, God, and of the fact of continuous harmonious existence determines the quantity and quality of our work for God. An important step in the practical utilization of such an understanding is to hold steadfastly to the fact that only qualities such as purity, joy, patience, kindness, in short, qualities which reflect or express divine Love, have any claim to or part in man's real selfhood, as the reflection of divine Love. To refuse under any and every trying circumstance and condition to take offense; to give one's associates, members of one's family, one's friends, or one's fellow workers in church or office the benefit of every doubt; and constantly to manifest a willingness to coöperate with all in every right purpose—this is righteous activity that will bring a true sense of dominion. Moreover, this true thinking constitutes an indispensable factor in the establishment of that desired state of existence wherein spiritual peace reigns.

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The Place We Occupy
September 2, 1933

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