OUR WATCH AND OUR PROGRESS

The oneness of being as disclosed in Christian Science enables every individual to demonstrate that he is wedded to the work for which he is spiritually equipped. In Christian Science we learn to claim our inheritance as the sons of God, the inheritors of all good, and we must protect our right to this inheritance. We can do so successfully by watchfulness and prayer. Our Master regarded watchfulness as a universal requirement, for he said, when speaking to his disciples (Mark 13:37), "What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."

Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, gives us similar admonition when she says (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 114), "Christian Scientists cannot watch too sedulously, or bar their doors too closely, or pray to God too fervently, for deliverance from the claims of evil." Sin is our greatest enemy. We are tempted and proved in numerous ways as we ascend the scale of being. If we stand firm in each test and refuse to yield to temptation, we are moved on to greater responsibilities. If we temporarily fail to hold the ground of spiritual righteousness, we shall be forced to retrace our steps and meet and master the adversary. When with humility we recognize our faults and resolve to do better we are able to reclaim our spiritual inheritance and move forward again without the condemnation of past mistakes.

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