Our Father's Business

A Favorite Bible story is that of the youthful Jesus standing in the temple talking with the learned doctors (Luke 2:43–50). For three days his parents had sought him, but when asked why he had tarried, he answered, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" In pondering this story, the alert Christian Scientist might do well do ask himself, What was this business of the Father's upon which Jesus, at so early an age, was intend? He will find the answer in Isaiah 43:10: "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen."

On page 587 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, God is defined as "the great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence." In the first chapter of Genesis, it is stated that God made a wholly spiritual universe, the culmination of which was the creation of man in His own image; hence, man reflects all the spiritual qualities which express God, and in which matter and its manifestations have no part. Then, the only way in which this spiritual creation is seen is through perfect, spiritual sense. In the chapter of Isaiah already referred to, we read, "This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise." Therefore, it is the true business of each of us, as Jesus at the age of twelve discerned, to witness to the unalterable perfection of his Father-Mother, God.

All Can Help
October 18, 1941

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