In Jesus' parable of the talents the reward of the worker faithful to his trust is beautifully stated in Matthew (25:21): "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee rules over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." In the Father's service we are given the talents required to fulfill His purpose joyfully, and our daily living brings to us opportunities to exercise these God-given talents. But in Christian Science, achievement, success, and fruitfulness find their source in Spirit. As Spirit, God, is understood and His power felt we work wisely, thus bringing healing to human affairs, in proof that that which reflects divine Mind is unerring and irresistible.

Ordinary human planning, mortal will, material modes, must be laid aside. The human must surrender to the divine, to the Christly, enlightened mode of working. To be done aright, the work must be a lifting up from material methods to the status of unselfed spiritual knowing, being, and doing. This is serving and worshiping God "in spirit and in truth."

Grateful for a better understanding of the Bible and for the blessings that the study of Christian Science brings, and desiring to see our fellow men likewise blessed, we are prompted to unite with The Mother Church and with a local branch Church of Christ, Scientist. We remain loyal to the provisions of the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy and grow increasingly aware of the divine guidance which prompted its By-Laws, as well as of the protection that is ours by adhering to them. Mrs. Eddy's demonstration of Church is protected by this Manual and significantly does not include attempts to extend the kingdom of heaven by material means. She writes (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 303), "But to demonstrate Science and its pure monotheism—one God, one Christ, no idolatry, no human propaganda—it is essential to understand the spiritual idea." We are wise when we remain true to her ideal.

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