From early childhood Jesus demonstrated his ability as an original thinker. He knew that he had a divine mission to perform, and he did not hesitate to obey God's voice, even though he had to challenge the authority of the priests and rulers. At the age of twelve he was demonstrating his ability to think and act from the standpoint of Principle. When his parents found him in the temple in conversation with the doctors of the law, he said (Luke 2:49), "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"

The great mission of every man, woman, and child is to be about the Father's business. It is to pray for and seek divine guidance in every thought and act. It is to acknowledge that one's real and only mission is to glorify God through righteous living. It is to prove that the unlimited resources and unerring laws of God are ever available to enable the individual to demonstrate absolute superiority over every material obstacle and to rejoice in man's inseparable relationship to omnipotent and omnipresent good.

In a message to a branch church Mary Baker Eddy refers to the fact that the quality of goodness establishes man's identity with universal good. And she adds (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 165), "Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing."

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