When Paul, the apostle, urged his co-workers in the early Christian church to "be ... stedfast" (I Cor. 15:58), he was offering them a practical guide whereby to demonstrate God's power. Steadfastness is an unpretentious quality which brings rich spiritual rewards.

In the Old Testament as well as the New we find clear statement of this fact. The book of Job gives us the following promise (11:15,17): "Thou shalt shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: ... and thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning."

Steadfastness means consistent adherence to one's highest concept of good. The steadfast Christian Scientist, gaining a glimpse of the allness of God, holds to this true concept no matter what the deceptive senses cry out as to the seeming power of evil. He realizes the truth that God's universe, the only universe that exists, is harmonious, beautiful, forever unfolding, and that the real man expresses the illimitable harmony, beauty, and activity of his Marker. When tempted to believe otherwise, he resolutely resists. He does not permit himself to lower his gaze now and then to accept as true the seeming opposite of God's creation, the material world with its dream pictures of insecurity and distress. Instead, he rejects it completely, and his vision becomes "clearer than the noonday," seeing only the abundance of good bestowed by God.

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