Enlarging Our Borders

All who love Christian Science want to see its beneficial influence extended as far and as fast as is consistent with Mary Baker Eddy's wise provisions for promoting and protecting its stately operations. A growing host of men, women, and children are praying daily to be shown how they can be of constantly increasing usefulness to the Cause which they know is destined to free mankind from all sin, sickness, and death.

To all such sincere workers sooner or later comes the realization that the great Cause of Christian Science will progress in exact proportion to the progress of the individual students of Christian Science throughout the world. Thus follows the inevitable conclusion that the primary and ever most important service that any and every student can contribute to the steady progress of the Christian Science movement is daily to enlarge his individual understanding and demonstration of the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy. In that service we all share equally, in both the opportunities and the responsibilities involved.

Some of us may be tempted at times with the suggestion that long and faithful study and service entitle us to "coast along" for a while on the strength of past effort and achievement. Others may think that their understanding of the truth is too small to make their services of any importance in furthering the growth and prosperity of Christian Science. No justification for either conclusion can be found anywhere in the writings of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. No exceptions are made for any of us in the responsibilities implied in the following statement by Mrs. Eddy (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 233): "Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil."

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