"The song of Christian Science"

Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, from the depth of her understanding and the height of her great spirituality, repeatedly admonishes us to be spiritually alert. She says (Message to The Mother Church for 1900, p. 2), "The song of Christian Science is, 'Work—work—work—watch and pray.'" She emphasizes the great importance of our doing the necessary protective work every day. Indeed, only as we individually do our metaphysical work, watching that the ever-available truth is brought into our lives, are we singing that song.

It is vitally important that the student observe the By-Law entitled "Alertness to Duty" (Manual, Art. VIII, Sect. 6): "It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged,—and justified or condemned."

In analyzing this By-Law and endeavoring to understand its meaning, we may ask, What is our duty to God? Is it not to realize that He is infinite, all-power, all-presence, and is ever available? Then we must know that aggressive mental suggestion, in any form of material belief or so-called material action, cannot keep us from realizing the omnipotence and the ever-presence of God. We must know that sin, disease, and death cannot seem real to us, for if we believed in their reality we should be denying the all-power and ever-availability of God. Therefore, we must know that we can always realize that God is ever present and all-powerful, and that evil, error—nothing—cannot keep us from declaring, realizing, and proving the truth.

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