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Make the effort to be healed

From the September 1981 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When that "certain lawyer" referred to in Luke's Gospel asked Jesus, "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus responded, "What is written in the law? how readest thou?" After the lawyer recited the commandments to love God with all one's heart, soul, strength, and mind and "thy neighbour as thyself," Jesus simply said, "Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live."Luke 10:25-28. This do. Wasn't Jesus pointing out the necessity of putting God's law into immediate action and not just theorizing about it?

Patterning our lives after the Way-shower's declaration, each of us can thoughtfully attune himself to God's law and with prayerful resolve put all right desires into action. Seeking and obeying God alone is activity of the highest order. In Christian Science we learn that God is infinite good and that good, by reflection, is man's divine inheritance. So when we ally ourselves with God, we prove, step by step, that we can attain all good right here and now.

Christ Jesus' demand "This do" should stir us all to action. In the Science of God and man we find that consciousness and action are components of man. Man's knowing and acting are not separable. For man to know is to do. Through spiritual growth, then, it becomes clear to us that a life without right activity, a life not moving Spirit-ward, is a denial of what is true of man in Science.