[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the week of June 26-July 2 in the radio series, "The bible Speaks to You," Heard internationally over more than 850 stations. This is one of the weekly programs prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 117 - What Is Your Work?

INTERVIEWER: Many observers report that altitudes toward work are changing. In her book, "The Bewildered Age," Virginia Held writes, "We have all heard it said that the modern worker is alienated from his work. Instead of creating with his hands or by the toil of his back a product in which he can take pride—be it a bushel of wheat, a shoe, or a well-kept store he has become a cipher performing one small operation for the factory or organization which turns out the goods and services used by a modern society. He can't recognize his contribution." (© 1962, by Virginia Held. Publisher, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., New York, N. Y.) Is there a way to find real satisfaction in the work we have to do?

SPEAKER: Yes, there certainly is. I feel that the answer to that question lies in an understanding of the teachings of the Bible. The quotation you read reminds me of the familiar story about the workmen who were asked what they were doing. One said, "I'm shoveling mortar." Another answered, "I'm carrying brick," but a third one said, "I'm building a great cathedral." That worker apparently knew something of what the Apostle Paul must have meant when he said, "Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (I Gor. 10:31). The Master, Christ Jesus, had a most inspired view of work. He said (John 5:36), "The works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me."

Now from this it follows that no individual lacks opportunity when he recognizes that his real work is to express the love, wisdom, and accuracy which have their source in God. In the light which Christian Science sheds on the Bible, we find it is natural for all God's children to express Godlike qualities. As the spiritual likeness of God, man exists to express and to glorify God. To the extent that we understand this, we gain the ability to make an effective contribution right where we are.

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