Active Individual Participation

A STUDENT of Christian Science was once asked by one whom he was visiting if our movement was growing rapidly in his locality, and he answered that he was sure it was because he himself was growing so rapidly! Evidently he realized that the Christian Science movement grows only as the individuals comprising it are growing spiritually, and that each individual member has his own privileged responsibility toward its collective accomplishments and advancement.

Although in active branch churches members will in the elections wisely consider our Leader's expressed wish for rotation in office, and the wise board members will do the same in regard to appointments, varying them as often as possible so as to include every available member, still, occasionally, a member may find himself without any specific appointment. He should not, on that account, feel that he has no necessary and vitally important part in the church work, and no responsibility. Mrs. Eddy writes in "No and Yes" (p. 7), "God has appointed for Christian Scientists high tasks, and will not release them from the strict performance of each one of them." Thus we see that all should be awake, active, and purposeful Christian Scientists. We should each of us feel the joyful and never-diminished sense of consecrated, privileged participation, through true thinking, in all of the activities of our organization.

The work of Readers, soloist, organist, and ushers, although of immeasurable importance, is not all the work that must be done to bring into our church services the completely healing, regenerating influence which they can have. When each of us is doing the best metaphysical work of which he is capable, during silent prayer, as provided by the Manual, when each is following every word of the service with spiritual insight and deep consecration, then will follow wonderful healing results for the congregation, including ourselves.

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The Healing of the Man Born Blind
April 6, 1935

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