Preparation of the Heart

Humanity must be prepared to make use of what has been divinely provided for its welfare in Christian Science. In Proverbs we read (16:1), "The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord." And Christian Scientists are learning that periods of preparation can be as interesting and thrilling as periods of achievement. To be prepared is to be made ready, and whatever tends to make one ready to accept Christian Science, and to stay with it until its saving and redeeming power is demonstrated, is his benefactor.

Preparation of the heart takes place in orderly, step-by-step sequences: "First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear" (Mark 4:28). One learns by degrees what it means to be a Christian Scientist. The leaven of Spirit in one's heart transforms his whole life. It unfolds a new and higher sense of human values in which divine qualities play an all-important part.

Each progressive spiritual footstep prepares one for the next step, and this goes on—under divine impulsion—until the spiritual selfhood of man is fully proved to be the reality of one's being. This spiritual progress, of course, involves one in a warfare with the flesh, and this warfare will continue until the flesh no longer misrepresents the nature of one's being.

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