You are essential!

You are needed. In fact, you are essential. Why? Because Life and Love, synonyms for God, are essential, and you are the evidence of Life and Love. The plain point is that God—as infinite Life and Love—must be expressed, and you are that expression. Author Mary Baker Eddy takes it a step further when she writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal” (p. 29 ). You are worthy and as essential to God as a child to a parent, or as a song to a singer. It is simply not possible to have one without the other. And by understanding more of the fundamental and essential nature of God, you are automatically understanding more about the fundamental and essential nature of yourself as God’s own child. 

A spiritually inspired view of the Bible portrays an evolving understanding of what God is, ending with the New Testament telling us that “God is love” (I John 4:8 ) “with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17 ). Christ Jesus constantly points to God as our Father, the one creator—all-loving and always present. Christian Science, based on Christ Jesus’ teachings, explains that man (and this includes woman) is spiritual, derived from Spirit, God, invariable Love. To open our thought to understand God as an infinite ocean of divine Love that yearns, cares for, guides, and protects all His creation is to open our thought to a life abundant in peace, startling creativity, robust health, and resilience.

God is the divine Esse, and as the offspring or outcome of God, we reflect the essence of Love, the essential vitality of Life. We are the indispensable part without which God could not exist. “God, without the image and likeness of Himself, would be a nonentity, or Mind unexpressed. He would be without a witness or proof of His own nature” (Science and Health, p. 303 ).

God’s nature is boundless, loving, and all-inclusive. For some, to understand God’s nature in this way feels like freedom and a homecoming at the same time. Others may feel inadequate or unworthy to feel such grace and closeness to God. But all have the capacity to experience their inherent oneness with God, which brings such light and joy into their experience that they may find their lives totally transformed. 

This happened to a young father who badly injured his back and suddenly became immobilized. In addition to the extreme pain, he struggled with the suggestion that he wasn’t worthy of being healed, along with concerns about his family and his ability to provide for and care for them. New to Christian Science at the time, he asked his wife to call a Christian Science practitioner and take him to a Christian Science nursing facility. There he was able to receive proper care while relying on Christian Science for treatment. In three days, he was healed and back home, returning to his normal routines once again.

When asked what was the inspiration behind the healing, he said simply that he felt God’s love in a new way—he felt loved, worthy, known, and needed. It was this new view of Love that broke through the veneer of the subtle belief he’d held to for years—that he was not good enough to know God, and so God could not possibly know him. This new view of God and his own intrinsic value released the restrictive thought, healed the body, and brought a new level of joy into his life.

You are worthy and as essential to God as a child to a parent, or as a song to a singer. 

The subtle suggestions of questionable worth may come in many ways, such as through the intense pressure to physically measure all aspects of our daily lives: counting our steps, calories, or the number of “likes” on a Facebook page. Or other subtle suggestions may whisper that we are secretly flawed or stained by past experiences over which we had no control. These suggestions try to confine our infinite potential into repetitive cycles or self-centered bubbles, hiding our true worth and keeping us isolated. But despite these ruses and those additional not-so-subtle suggestions of great pain and loss, or overwhelming feelings of displacement or political disorientation, the truth stands—you are worthy and essential to God.

There is a still small voice of God, persistent and ever active, declaring: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1, Modern English Version). This resilient message of Truth, God, reaches the secret places of fear and establishes the kingdom of God—harmony and heaven—right where we are. In Science and Health the “inaudible voice of Truth” (see p. 559 ) is likened to a lion’s roar whose roar covers many miles, cuts through dense forests, renews bonds, paralyzes its enemies, and establishes its territory.

The still small voice of God prevails: We are made Godlike to glorify God. This echoes Christ Jesus’ prayer where he recognized his inestimable value as God’s expression: “Father … glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee” (John 17:1 ). Nothing can deter our holy purpose. God has given us endless capacity to explore boundless good, to delight in diversity and innovation, to detect and reject evil, and to break out of self-imposed limitations with courage and confidence. 

You are worthy and essential to God as His infinite manifestation, as Her gentle presence under all conditions. The glory of God is reflected in our unselfishness, our dignity, our generosity, and even our heroism. It’s this fundamental purpose to glorify God that enables us to rise up again and again to love and to heal.

Kim Crooks Korinek
Associate Editor

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