Am I Ready?

Today every earnest Christian Scientist is giving vigorous thought to that challenging question asked by Mrs. Eddy regarding Christ Jesus: "Who is ready to follow his teaching and example?" Science and Health, p. 54; The first Christian Scientist, Mrs. Eddy, not only followed the teaching and example of our Master, but in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, from which this quotation is taken, she gives explicit directions for carrying forward his glorious work.

The troubled world needs Christian Science desperately. Are we the laborers that Jesus asked his disciples to pray for? He said, "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." Matt. 9:38; I can hear some people answer, "But what can I do? My influence is limited, and the problems of the world seem almost insurmountable." We cannot deny that human problems are great, but Jesus, too, lived in the world and encountered and overcame similar and even more difficult situations. Yet can we imagine his giving in to discouragement or postponing a correction of an apparent evil because the condition seemed hopeless? Shall we not try to follow this pattern?

On the same page of the textbook where Mrs. Eddy asks us if we are ready to follow Jesus, she speaks of some of his qualities that brought blessing into the world: "Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love. With the affluence of Truth, he vanquished error."3 Can we not enlarge our thinking and express more of Truth and Love?

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