Recently I have been giving much thought to the question, ‘what does it truly mean to BE a Christian Scientist?’ The answer is far more than being in a Christian Science church on Wed. and Sun; also far more than just ‘reading’ the Lesson each day. What do we actually imbibe from the divine truths we read and hear? And exactly WHERE do we imbibe and live these truths?
Mary Baker Eddy’s words in Science and Health are the key to answering the first question above. On pg 367 she states, “A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said, “Ye are the salt of the earth. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” I am sure we all know and love Jesus’ words, but let’s think about specifically how we go about living this ‘saltness’ and being this ‘light of the world’.
The essence and make up of our every thought and desire is what determines the success of our ‘saltness’ and reach of this light.
A treasured gift from Jesus’ teachings is the Sixth Beatitude.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Does this not refer to our very deepest thoughts and desires? Turning to page 15 in Miscellaneous Writings, we find the words Mrs. Eddy writes:
“Nothing aside from the spiritualization – yea, the highest Christianization – of thought and desire, can give the true perception of God and divine Science, that results in health, happiness, and holiness.” Also interesting to note is which Beatitude she cites just prior to this statement.
We need not ‘short-change’ ourselves by overlooking her last words in this statement. She writes that this living of genuine spiritualization, – yea, the highest Christianization of thought and desire brings rich results to us… “health, happiness, and holiness.” We cannot live divine truths without having the blessings of Truth in our experience!
In pondering her words, it is so very clear that being a Christian Scientist means living and moving about with the highest Christianization of thought and desire … and thusly perceiving God and divine Science.
No thought can slip by without notice… no desire of the heart can be irrelevant… Bringing into captivity every thought and desire to being the purest expression of the infinite good – is how we truly begin to “see God”. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” This is what it means to live the highest Christianity – spiritualized thought… to truly BE a Christian Scientist.