We Must Strive

Throughout the Bible emphasis is laid on the effort we must make in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven, or bring into our consciousness the abundance of good that is the heritage of man. Nowhere do we find any hint that we should passively wait, in peaceful anticipation, for the kingdom of heaven to arrive. The Psalmist tells us to "wait patiently for him," but the message is not of inactivity, but rather of patience in the gradual unfoldment without conscious effort on our part.

"Go" and "do," words strongly expressive of action, were used by Jesus in his teachings. "Go, and do thou likewise," he said to the lawyer after relating the parable of the good Samaritan. And other writers in the Bible, James in particular, give the same message. This would appear to emphasize that we must make a constant, conscious effort to reach spiritual freedom, and that, if we would attain to the happiness of true being which is man's birthright, we must work actively to that end. Mrs. Eddy, with her clear spiritual vision, grasped firmly this fundamental step and presented it clearly in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which explains the spiritual meaning of the Bible. On page 451 of that work she says that students of Christian Science "must not only seek, but strive, to enter the narrow path of Life."

True Recognition
August 10, 1935

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