"Study to be quiet"

The epistles of Paul were written long ago, but their messages of comfort and advice are of great practical value today. Paul's advice "that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business," came as a heartening benediction to a student of Christian Science who was tempted to believe in a lack of time for study. It was seen that our true business is to reflect God, and that it is impossible for us to do more than this, whatever our walk in life. So if we are confronted with a burdened sense of having too much to do, too many calls upon our time so that the opportunity for study seems very limited, then is the time to "study to be quiet, and to do [our] own business." Then is the time to follow the admonition of the Psalmist, "Be still, and know that I am God"—know that the "I AM" forever maintains the harmony of man's true being or ego. Man is always about the Father's business, reflecting the restful activity of the divine Mind.

Jesus' consciousness of this truth is shown in his words, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." This understanding must surely bring relief from all sense of stress and strain. Christ Jesus so clearly identified himself with the spiritual idea of man as God's reflection that he was continuously about the Father's business, quietly proving the nothingness of all that would attempt to hinder his divine activity; and he was able to do this through his spiritual perception of God as man's only origin.

Maintaining Our Identity
November 2, 1935

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