Faithful Warriors

THE beginner in Christian Science often has some wonderful experience for which to be grateful, such as a physical healing or release from sin, as a result of his first turning to Christian Science. To him the first touch of the hem of the robe of the healing Christ may have been sweet indeed; and he may be surprised to learn that he must shoulder the cross if he would continue up the mountain of revelation. A sense of rebellion may argue to him, and he may feel that the responsibility involved is greater than the benefits received warrant. He may read with some apprehension the words of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 56), "War is waged between the evidences of Spirit and the evidences of the five physical senses; and this contest must go on until peace be declared by the final triumph of Spirit in immutable harmony." However, with increased understanding, he begins to see that there is no way of eluding this Christian warfare, and soon he loses any desire to avoid it, because of what he sees to be its certain and joyful outcome.

Balaam sang of the goodly tents of Jacob and of the tabernacles of Israel, referring not merely to the material encampment, but to the Christ-idea which, however faintly perceived by the Israelites, was guarding them and guiding them through the wilderness. To break the dream of confusion, and to quiet the elements of evil which seems to be operating in the world, we must rely unreservedly upon divine intelligence, and accept Christ Jesus' method of warfare with the false claims of evil.

Glorifying God
January 4, 1941

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