Humility Leads to the Kingdom

Mrs. Eddy states in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 354), "Experience shows that humility is the first step in Christian Science, wherein all is controlled, not by man or laws material, but by wisdom, Truth, and Love." However, in popular thought the self-effacement which is true humility is often confused with self-debasement. Meekness is thought to be a synonym for weakness, and humanity often rejects a quality of thought which is the first step in gaining the kingdom of heaven.

In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy defines "Kingdom of Heaven" as, "The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind: the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme" (p. 590). Christ Jesus, who demonstrated for all mankind the way to the kingdom, considered humility of primary importance in finding this kingdom. The first beatitude (Matt. 5:3), "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," stresses humility. To be "poor in spirit" implies that one recognizes a need for something beyond human abilities.

In the parable of the Pharisee and the publican, Jesus expressed the difference between being "poor in spirit" and being self-complacent. The Pharisee was satisfied with himself and with his way of life. The publican, on the other hand, felt a great need for more of good and prayed earnestly that he might see God's mercy.

Follow After Good
October 16, 1965

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