The Fourth Commandment
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”
Question: If God saw that His creation was good, why does mankind have to work so hard, and then need a Sabbath?
Answer: As long as we appear to be mortal, we must work to demonstrate our true, spiritual identity. Mary Baker Eddy taught the importance of this work:
“Good demands of man every hour, in which to work out the problem of being.” (S&H 261-162)
“The song of Christian Science is, ‘Work — work — work — watch and pray.’” (’00 2)
“Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been done for the Christianization and health of mankind.” (S&H 1)
“What hinders man’s progress is . . . his effort to steal from others and avoid hard work.” (Mis. 234)
“Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine
Principle of all goodness to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.” (S&H 3)
Practice: Mrs. Eddy expected children to be able to make their own simple demonstrations of Christian Science. You can “work” by adding time for prayer, study, and right thinking to your day.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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