A Sense of Mission

God is our Life, and this Life never goes through stages of birth, maturity, and death. As ideas of Life we actually dwell in the ever-present reality of God's being. Christian Science shows us that we may effectively deny the claims of mortality and affirm the truth. Then the false sense of self-importance as mortals disappears, and the true sense, the importance of spiritual selfhood, becomes clear. It is then we begin to gain a sense of usefulness here on earth.

Christ Jesus knew why he was here and what he was to do. He said (John 18:37), "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.'" His sense of mission led him, at the beginning of his career, to John the Baptist, insisting that John should baptize him and saying, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness" (Matt. 3: 15). And at the end of his career he permitted himself to be crucified in order to convey his message in terms which could be understood by thought educated in the traditions of sacrifice and the remission of sins through the shedding of blood.

If through realizing true selfhood as a reflection of divine Mind one becomes aware of his talents and of ways to use those talents, to express in human experience the qualities of divine Life, Truth, and Love, he will let nothing deter him in the accomplishment of that mission whether he is a student or an executive or a soldier or a musician or a janitor or a Christian Science practitioner, he will realize what he is really doing as he sees himself in terms of the qualities of God that he expresses. The importance of every step he takes will be related to the expression of these qualities. Because in expressing himself he thus unites his purpose with God's purpose, he feels the power of God supporting him, the intelligence of Mind directing him, and the perfection of Principle unfolding every step of the way.

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May 11, 1963

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