True Effort Never Fails

The earnest student of Christian Science may often find himself tempted to believe that his efforts are in vain, and that he cannot grasp the spiritual meaning of what he reads. Perhaps he even tells others that his diligent daily reading of the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly or of an article from our authorized publications has left no impress on his memory. So he concludes that his study has little or no influence on his words or acts. This chain of beliefs is apt to include doubt in the availability of ever-present intelligence, and the discouraging suggestion that honest motives are in vain, with the result that there is a letdown in his efforts. An honest student may at times condemn himself, and conclude that there is no reward for serious, attentive study; but these are aggressive errors, untrue and unreal.

The Old Testament contains many assurances of reward to those who diligently seek God. In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus clearly states, "Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." And again he says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Do not these words assure us that every effort to become better acquainted with God is rewarded?

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