Sons of God—now!

The monotony of the march dulled my thought. But as I prayed, I realized, "Now I am the son of God!"

That we are really sons of God is so central to Christ Jesus' teaching that in establishing the Church of Christ, Scientist, Mrs. Eddy provided for this passage from the Bible to be read just before the benediction, which closes each Sunday service: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." I John 3:1,2.

This declaration includes you and me and everyone. We each have the right and privilege—and as Christians we have the duty—to think of ourselves as children of God and to conduct ourselves as such. This is part of what it means to walk in the footsteps of the Master, to be obedient to his teachings. It gives us a goal to work toward every day. The recognition of our present sonship with God can also bring strength, freedom, and healing.

I had proof of this while on basic training in the Army. During summer heat and humidity our unit had left the relative comfort of our barracks to spend a week or so in tents at a rifle range a long hike from our base camp. After completing that training, we were marching back to the camp, burdened with full field packs. It was a very hot day.

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The mustard seed
December 7, 1987

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