"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"

Growth in the understanding and demonstration of Christian Science is dependent upon the extent of one's obedience to God, the creative, governing divine Principle of all existence. The attitude of "I want"' or "I won't" must be replaced with Paul's response, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"Acts 9:6

Self-will tends to blind us to God's power and presence. It seems to strengthen the belief in a personal mind separate from the one divine Mind. It willfully asserts, "Am I not myself? Can I not choose my own pathway in life? I know what I want, and I intend to get it!" But Mrs. Eddy warns, "Self-love is more opaque than a solid body." And she continues, "In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error—self-will, self-justification, and self-love,—which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death." Science and Health, p. 242

Students of Christian Science are learning that if they would heal the sick they must progressively put off a material, personal sense of themselves and recognize man's true selfhood to be the wholly controlled, wholly dependent reflection of God, divine Mind. It then becomes evident that the real man is not an independent agent, for God, the one Ego, is total, All, and His will is therefore the omnipotent will of all. Mrs. Eddy writes: "Who is it that demands our obedience? He who, in the language of Scripture, 'doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?'" p. 256

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