The Privilege of Class Instruction

Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has given us helpful advice concerning the great privilege of class instruction in Christian Science. She says, "Students who are ready for this step should beware the net that is craftily laid and cunningly concealed to prevent their advancement in this direction" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 241).

A student of Christian Science who sincerely desired to devote her life to the healing work, was not alert to this subtle error until her attention was called to the above statement. She had diligently studied and had applied for class teaching. But as the time drew near for the convening of the class for which she had been accepted, she seemed to lose all desire for more knowledge of Christian Science. She wondered if spiritual advancement would not involve too great a sacrifice of material pleasures, and bring a great deal more work. She also began to doubt whether she was ready for this step. Then came the realization that these thoughts were merely suggestions of the so-called mortal mind, which would try to keep her from receiving the good that God had for her. A great sense of gratitude for our Leader's wisdom in so carefully pointing out the remedy for any circumstance which might arise, flooded her consciousness, and she was able to go to class with humility and the sincere desire to advance spiritually.

"Lift up your heads"
July 22, 1939

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