THE Master's disciples today, as well as those of old, have found that in order to reap the full benefit of his teaching, it is necessary not only to know what is true, but to practice well what is known. Centuries ago James pointed this out to those who would follow the Christ in these words (James 1:25): "Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
A student who had been healed in Christian Science had accepted the fact that the Bible contains the statement of "the perfect law of liberty" as taught and demonstrated by Jesus, and that the full revelation of Truth to this age is contained in Mrs. Eddy's writings. She made a practice of studying daily the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly, compiled from the Bible and from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. She had been healed of many erroneous conditions of thought which had resulted in disturbances of mind and body. But still she was not getting an understanding that satisfied her. She needed to know better how to be "a doer of the work."
She longed for a better working knowledge of this Science even as did Mrs. Eddy, who wrote in Science and Health (p. 109), "I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration."