Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Question: Do we have to wait until we are in heaven to get our “great” reward?
Answer: There is no way we can really know exactly what the reward is that was promised
to those who endure persecution on earth. But, that does not mean we will not have all we need for a harmonious and happy existence right now.
“Saints and sinners get their full award, but not always in this world. The followers of Christ drank his cup. Ingratitude and persecution filled it to the brim; but God pours the riches of His love into the understanding and affections, giving us strength according to our day.” (S&H 5)
Remember, we have also learned that “heaven” is the “ever-present reign of harmony, already with us.” (Un. 52)
So, the wait for our reward may only be as long as it takes to connect to the heaven within our own consciousness.
We will let Mary Baker Eddy have the last word, as she promises us that these conflicts, the persecution we experience, will not last forever:
“When the final physical and moral effects of Christian Science are fully apprehended, the conflict between truth and error . . . foreshadowed by the prophets and inaugurated by Jesus, will cease, and spiritual harmony reign. The lightnings and thunderbolts of error may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away in the distance. Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the
earth.” (S&H 288)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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