World Citizenship

When one purchases a proved and useful mechanical device, directions are found with it which guarantee certain performance, provided the directions are followed. The purchaser does not ask, "Will it work?" but, "How does it work?" and, "Am I doing my part aright?" If it does not function for him, if he is wise he endeavors to discover his mistake in using it. So it is with the promises to be found throughout the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings. These books are replete with promises of peace, plenty, freedom, health, and in fact of every blessing for which humanity could hope. But they are accompanied by certain directions or conditions which must be carried out individually before their fulfillment can be experienced.

In the Bible an outstanding example of this is the thirty-seventh Psalm. In verses three to nine are enumerated several promises which anyone would desire to have fulfilled in his experience: To dwell in the land and be fed; to have the desires of the heart; to have one's way brought to pass; to have one's righteousness—rightness—brought forth; to have one's judgment vindicated; to inherit the earth. These are some of God's promises, but their fulfillment must be earned by following a certain definite procedure.

February 17, 1934

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