Reject the Mortal Measure

"Who am I, . . . that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" Ex. 3:11; was Moses' self-depreciating question. Gideon demurred when selected by God to lead Israel's armies: "My family is poor . . ., and I am the least in my father's house." Judg. 6:15; Saul of Tarsus, far from being a Christian, had "made havock of the church" Acts 8:3; with his persecutions. His exposure to the Christ was the more dramatic, leaving him blinded until his efforts were redirected to serve God.

Each of these men had to reject the mortal measure of what they thought themselves capable of to receive Christ, which Mrs. Eddy describes this way: "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness." Science and Health, p. 332;

When we measure our capabilities or those of others humanly, we surrender to mortal limitation. When we assess the future by a human past, we open our thought to erroneous influences—a sense of inferiority or self-condemnation or superiority or even racism (a mistake whether offensively or defensively oriented).

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August 1, 1977

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