Being of True Usefulness

In all the realm of the real, the kingdom of God, there is no such thing as uselessness, for, as taught in Christian Science, all is infinite, incorporeal Love, Life, or Mind and its reflection or manifestation, man. Therefore, man is spiritually indispensable as God's eternal expression. Every individual idea is divinely useful as His direct representative, and God could no more dispense with one of His ideas than He could become less than infinite.

In writing to the Romans, Paul said, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, lovingly tells us (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 110): "Beloved children, the world has need of you,—and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives."

Paul's exhortation and our revered Leader's encouragement to serve God and our fellow men clearly designate the way by which we can express true usefulness: by joyously consecrating our entire thought to God, Spirit, by abiding steadfastly in the realization of God's allness and goodness, and by manifesting purity and love, thereby demonstrating our perfect, spiritual selfhood as the children of God.

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Substituting Truth for Criticism
February 13, 1943

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