Thine Own House

It is impossible to measure the good that will be unfolded to mankind when the realization of the importance of every word which Jesus spoke, dawns upon human consciousness. Each phrase which this master Metaphysician formulated, has a telling significance; and if we would but let his words challenge our thinking instead of idly listening to them, his message would unfold with ever-increasing forcefulness.

The Gospel of Luke (5:18-26) relates the healing of the man stricken with palsy. The account contains many interesting points for the student of Christian Science to ponder, but Jesus' final instructions to the one who had fallen a prey to this belief of impotency are challenging and of vital import to us all. The man's touching willingness to obey the Master's command, "Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house," without argument or resistance, was of course the beginning of his healing, just as our willingness to obey God today is the beginning of all our healings.

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The impotent one needed to arise and leave the beliefs of a false sense of selfhood. He needed to exercise his God-given right of dominion and carry the couch, instead of being carried on it. He needed indeed to arise from weakness, vacillation, and irresponsibility to the apprehension and exercise of purposefulness and direction!

And for students of Christian Science there is significance in Jesus' simple instruction to the man to go into his house. This Science teaches that man's true abiding place or house is in God. More light is thrown on the true sense of home in Mary Baker Eddy's inspired spiritual interpretation of the twenty-third Psalm (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 578), where she uses the phrase "the consciousness of Love" as the equivalent of "the house of the Lord." If we consciously dwell in Love, we shall never want; we shall walk in the paths of righteousness.

The man with the palsy had been deceived by the suggestions of mortal mind and had perhaps been dwelling in the consciousness of debilitating self-pity, disintegrating resentment, depleting ingratitude, or the cold and paralyzing sense of self-love. Jesus knew that in the consciousness of divine Love, "the house of the Lord," there is no condemnation, no life apart from God. He knew, too, that man dwells forever in the consciousness of Love, that this is his natural habitat. It was Jesus' pure concept of man that enabled him always to bring healing to those who sought his aid.

The account closes by recording the man's instant response to Jesus' commands, for we read that "immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God." He was freed in some degree from a false sense of selfhood, and surrendered the belief of joyless life and impaired activity.

Let us, like the man in the Bible, refuse to be carried about any longer! Let us lift up our concept of man from the human theories on which we have laid it, and accept the true concept of man made in the image and likeness of God. Then we shall enter our true house and glorify Love. In this light of Love we too shall see, as did Mrs. Eddy (Poems, p. 4), that

"His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all."

August 31, 1946

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