The Fourth Commandment – Q&A #7

The Fourth Commandment
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”

Question: How do we make ourselves into God’s perfect reflection?

Answer: We do not need to make ourselves perfect. God has already done that! We simply use that fact to reverse the arguments of mortal mind which try to convince us that we are
imperfect mortals, rather than spiritual ideas. Mary Baker Eddy explains:

“Spiritually followed, the book of Genesis is the history of the untrue image of God, named a sinful
mortal. This deflection of being, rightly viewed, serves to suggest the proper reflection of God and the spiritual actuality of man, as given in the first chapter of Genesis.” (S&H 502)

“Through the divine energies alone one must either get out of himself and into God so far that his consciousness is the reflection of the divine, or he must, through argument and the human
consciousness of both evil and good, overcome evil.” (Mis. 352)

“A heart touched and hallowed by one chord of Christian Science, can accomplish the full scale; but this heart must be honest and in earnest and never weary of struggling to be perfect — to reflect
the divine Life, Truth, and Love. Stand by the limpid lake, sleeping amid willowy banks dyed with emerald. See therein the mirrored sky and the moon ablaze with her mild glory. This will stir your
heart. Then, in speechless prayer, ask God to enable you to reflect God, to become His own image and likeness, even the calm, clear, radiant reflection of Christ’s glory.” (My. 150)

Practice: Study this last citation, then quietly pray your own prayer, asking to be God’s reflection. Then, go be it!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)

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