Spiritual Alertness

When Job in his extremity cried, concerning God, "Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!" he epitomized the longing of humanity throughout the ages for the assurance of God's care and protection. Jesus voiced his recognition of this yearning in these words to his disciples: "Many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." Since the advent of Christ Jesus many have endeavored to be Christians and follow the Master's teachings, but not until Christian Science was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy, and given to the world in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," have the Scriptures, and especially Jesus' teachings, been interpreted in such a way as to show them to be scientifically applicable to all the needs of humanity, physical as well as moral.

Christian Science is the essence of all that the Bible has taught. It is the answer to those who, like Job, have longed to know where they "might find him." To all who desire to see and hear those things of which Jesus spoke, it is offering proof that it, Christian Science, is indeed the law of God. Are we, as students of this Science, fully alert to the privilege that is ours to lay hold of this law and prove it true? Are we fully conscious of the magnitude of the blessing that is ours to see and hear, in our own time, what many before us have longed to see and hear but have neither seen nor heard?

There are many arguments that would keep us from lifting our thoughts above the mists of false beliefs and realizing the healing power of divine Truth; but there is not one that cannot be nullified by faithful adherence to the rules of Christian Science. As we put into practice daily all the understanding we have gained, we realize more and more clearly that personal sense cannot testify truthfully concerning man, and it becomes easier for us to hold thought steadfastly to that which is real. To be in perfect obedience to God is to be conscious of good only. We should confidently know and affirm that to God belongs our complete and undivided attention, and that as we cling to Truth our thinking cannot be erroneously influenced by animality.

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The Privilege of Church Membership
January 16, 1937

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