The True Meaning of Sacrifice

The Psalmist declared, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." Through a casual reading of some portions of the Bible one may gain a wrong impression of the meaning of sacrifice. Indeed, this false opinion, which is associated with the sense of surrendering something desirable, seems repellent to human thought, and may, in certain instances, have acted as a deterrent to active service in the cause of righteousness. Some persons may, therefore, have hesitated to seek God, because they have mistakenly believed that spiritual advancement would necessarily deprive them of joy, freedom, and cherished privileges.

A thorough study of the teachings of Christian Science on this subject, however, corrects the erroneous concept of sacrifice and convinces the sincere seeker for Truth that he is not required to give up anything real or right. Indeed, in Christian Science divine Mind leads one to relinquish material theories and wrong practices, and to replace them with worthy motives and aims. The faithful and alert student early learns that this scientific procedure unfailingly results in greater satisfaction, increasing happiness, and a deeper peace than could ever have been brought about by the pursuit of the fleeting material pleasures which he may formerly have sought. He finds, too, that the unfoldment of and obedience to God's beneficent purpose in his life invariably carries with it a rich reward.

Wisdom from Above
October 22, 1938

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