Progressive Steps

In Christian Science there is no pause for mere refreshment. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 519, 520), "The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work." The call to Christian Scientists is, Forward, march! Every individual longs for progress of some kind. Spiritual advancement brings changed concepts of God and man, and in these experiences men's love for God is tested daily. At ease in matter, mortals make only halfhearted efforts to rise above it. Thus mistakes are repeated until the lessons they should teach are mastered. Sorrow must finally be supplanted by joy in daily experience, and fear by love. Learning, even in small measure, that evil is unreal, is a big progressive step for the student of Christian Science.

The ability to demonstrate spiritual love a little more each day is the reward of progress. But mortal man likes to have his rewards in material forms, and sometimes counts as castles in the air the things of Spirit. He must learn to "judge righteous judgment," recognize spiritual values, understand and demonstrate them. Thus he finds the treasure that is born of Spirit.

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