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"Hallowed be thy name"
Mrs. Eddy, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 465), defines God as "incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." She tells us that these terms are synonymous, and that "they are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity." As we study this wonderful definition, and the understanding of it begins to unfold to us, we feel a new sense of gratitude and reverence for God which can only be expressed in daily effort to reflect Him in word and in deed; for only by complete consecration can we hallow such a name.
In one of our hymns we read:—
"When Jesus, our great Master, came
To teach us in his Father's name,
In ev'ry act, in ev'ry thought,
He lived the precepts which he taught."
From the time Jesus began to be about his Father's business to his final victory over death and the grave, God always governed him in the solving of all his problems. He dwelt continually with the Father, and knew the value of guarding his every thought. No suggestion of self in any of its insidious forms, no sense of discouragement or false responsibility, no pride of accomplishment or fear of inability, was allowed to enter his mental domain. He neither feared nor worshiped personality. God was to him the only power; and the purpose of his life was to reflect Him. He claimed his dominion as a child of God, and in all meekness said, "The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." So he gave God all the glory, and hallowed His name.
Spirit to the Master was substance; and he would not limit his dominion by claiming an earthly origin. "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven," he cautioned us. Thus he did away with the so-called law of heredity, and lifted one prolific cause of fear from the hearts of all who understood him. Our Leader says in "Pulpit and Press" (p. 2), "The real house in which 'we live, and move, and have our being' is Spirit, God, the eternal harmony of infinite Soul." Assured of this great fact, Jesus was master of every situation, whether he went to his disciples walking on the water or approached them through closed doors; whether he fed the five thousand or raised the dead. He never forgot that Spirit was his abode and the source of his supply, and that Spirit was omnipotent and omnipresent Being, the infinite All.
How wonderfully the Master reflected the warmth, radiance, and purity of Soul! The disciples who supped with him after the walk to Emmaus, said, "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" And do not his words glow in us as we read them even to-day? He was never dull; yet he did not resort to gossip and slander to enliven his conversation. He never emphasized his remarks by expletives, never resorted to backbiting and ridicule to gain a point over an opponent; and he stood fearlessly opposed to all dishonesty, hypocrisy, and impurity. He did not countenance the works of darkness, either by consent or by silence.
Jesus knew and obeyed but one law,—the law of right and good, the law of divine Principle. His understanding of the powerlessness of any opposing so-called law gave him his wonderful dominion over inharmony of every sort, and brought the multitudes to him for healing. The rebellion, misrepresentation, abuse, ridicule, and hatred of so-called mortal mind that did not understand and could never understand the dominion of the Christ, he met with the law of Love and Truth, knowing the supremacy of that law and the omnipotence of Love. His wonderful obedience, even on the cross, enabled him to prove for us the eternal law of Life. Our Leader says (Pulpit and Press, p. 4): "Who lives in good, lives also in God,—lives in all Life, through all space. His is an individual kingdom, his diadem a crown of crowns. His existence is deathless, forever unfolding its eternal Principle."
Christ Jesus hallowed and dignified the name of Life. To him it was not a series of birthdays extending from babyhood to old age. He said, "Before Abraham was, I am." He never forgot as the Son of God his preexistence, his coexistence with his Father. Life was to him the unfolding of wisdom and good, the continuous activity of the one perfect God. To live aright was to think rightly, to live in absolute obedience to the one infinite God, to be about the Father's business. How important, then, to study the Master's sayings, and to prove them for ourselves by learning to understand and demonstrate them!
Truth takes on a new significance in the light of the Master's life. He hallowed the name of Truth by destroying the material lies all about him. No one lived in the turmoil of the world more than he; but it had no part in him. He proved heaven to be available here and now. He proved man's dominion, through reflection, over all so-called laws of heredity, contagion, environment, limitation, fear, disease, and death. He leaves us no other way to hallow the name of Truth than to follow in his footsteps; for he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do." To quote again from the same hymn:—
"So let our lips and lives express
The holy gospel we profess;
So let our works and virtues shine,
To prove the doctrine all divine."
When we understand how to hallow the name of Love as Jesus did, we shall use it with the same simplicity, meekness, and might as did he when he uttered the prayer: "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always." We shall go about our work with a song of joy in our hearts, and thanksgiving on our lips. We shall be ready to do our part, however small or large it may seem, in reflecting that Love in which is no possible variableness or turning. We shall sing, as did David of old, "O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"
Surely as we grasp even faintly the meaning of that wonderful name, Love,—the Father-Mother God, universal, impartial, eternal, infinite Life, including protection, supply, comfort, all good,—we shall watch our lips that they do not defile it; we shall watch our thoughts that they do not dishonor it; we shall watch our motives and acts that they may be impelled by it. Thus, and thus only, shall we hallow His name.
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