The First Commandment
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Question: In what ways did Jesus obey the First Commandment?
Answer: Jesus constantly reminded his followers that he had only one Father: God. He taught that God was the source of his goodness and power. For instance, we read: “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19)
Mrs. Eddy further explains: “Christianity, as taught and demonstrated in the first century by our great Master, virtually annulled the so-called laws of matter, idolatry, pantheism, and polytheism. Christianity then had one God and one law, namely, divine Science. It said, ‘Call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, which is in heaven.’ Speaking of himself, Jesus said, ‘My Father is greater than I.’ Christianity, as he taught and demonstrated it, must ever rest on the basis of the First Commandment and love for man.” (Pan. 8)
It may be hard to say or think that God deserves praise for the good you seem to accomplish on your own, but give it a try. Start by thanking God for the talents and skills you have, and also for the opportunities to use them.
Practice: Today, when you start on a new task, tell yourself you will do it for the glory of God. Use the task to express God-like qualities such as patience, cheerfulness, thoroughness, and beauty. Do it with love for God and man, and do your best. That is real success!
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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