DISCIPLE AND DISCIPLINE

Two words which are mentioned frequently by Christian Scientists and which have a common derivation are "disciple" and "discipline." Though it is certainly true that every worthwhile achievement requires faithful and persistent effort, to the average person the word "discipline" presents a distasteful picture. To the Christian Scientist, the spiritual discipline which is required if he is to become a true follower, or disciple, of the Christ is a challenge calling for a surrender of human will and mortal beliefs and opinions, but promising a reward surpassing all human expectation.

Spiritual discipline is not hard if we humbly and lovingly accept its demands. It seems severe only when we resist it. Its purifying influence bestows upon us rare benefactions of joy and spiritual strength. If we truly desire to grow into a clear understanding of God and our relation to Him, we can no more escape this discipline than a mathematician can avoid mastering the fundamentals of the science of numbers if he desires to work out advanced problems in trigonometry. Indeed, we should be grateful for this spiritual training, or discipline, which lifts us above the frustrations and disappointments of material living and leads us along a constantly ascending path into the glorious realm of Spirit.

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