By Our Works

Much has been said, and rightly, relative to the importance of earnest daily study of the Bible, together with the writings of Mary Baker Eddy and other authorized Christian Science literature, in order that one may progress in the understanding of this Science. But, important as that requirement is, it must be realized that all the studying we may do will accomplish little for us in a practical way unless we put into practice the thoughts which unfold to us through such study.

Christian Science offers no magic formula for health, happiness, and success. Words by themselves will not bring a healing of physical, moral, or business problems. Even the daily reading of the Bible Lessons from the Christian Science Quarterly will accomplish only as much as we realize and utilize of the truth we find therein. In the epistle of James we read, "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." In Jesus' parable of the talents, it will be remembered that the servant who buried the one talent given him was rebuked by his master, and the talent was taken away, whereas those servants who wisely used their talents were given more.

Overcoming the Illusion of Personal Sense
August 6, 1938

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