A Lesson from the Master

The Gospel of Luke records that Jesus once sent out seventy disciples to various cities to heal and preach. When they returned they joyously reported great success, saying (10:17), "Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name."

Jesus' very wise answer to them contains a valuable lesson for anyone who feels uplifted over a healing brought about through the mighty power of God. His answer was this: "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven."

Jesus was plainly pointing out to them that their rejoicing should be on a higher level than a mere jubilation over the healing of matter. He was urging them to rejoice because they discerned more of their spiritual individuality, their divine sonship, than had previously been the case. The inevitable result of such recognition of man's true identity as God's reflection is healing. The protection of such healing, whether it be one's own healing or the healing work done for another, lies in one's lifting thought above matter, above personality, to an even clearer recognition of the understanding of man's divine sonship, which has brought the healing to pass. Here too in this lesson from the Master is the practical method of preventing any possible suggestion of reversal.

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Gentle Emergence
October 2, 1965

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