The student of Christian Science learns that true employment means more than daily activity in business, however successful and continuous his work may be. He learns that real and uninterrupted employment is the consistent and joyous demonstration of man's true selfhood as the son of God. Such employment is based on the recognition that God is divine Mind or divine Principle, the one and only cause. It is founded on the understanding that this perfect cause governs, directs, and fulfills in every one of its creations — its pure ideas — its unerring and perfect purpose.
In the perfect Mind and its creation of purposeful, active, spiritual ideas there is no overaction or reaction; never a depression or a recession; there is no lack or loss of resources, or of opportunities to serve. The universe of God, or Spirit, is forever complete, forever at hand, forever fulfilling divine purpose, and all good is constantly available to all of God's ideas.
As human thought is brought into agreement with these and other spiritually scientific facts of existence, the individual finds his right place in society. He is led into paths of employment which are profitable, joyous, progressive, and secure.
The faithful student of Christian Science strives to please God in all his ways through obedience to His law. He is always about the Father's business, which is to reflect the qualities of God in daily living and to gain the spiritual aspect of every situation which presents itself to him in the course of the day's activities.
To be engaged in the Father's business, recognizing that He is our true employer, sometimes calls for a definite and persistent effort to take a stand for Truth in the face of material testimony. It demands a deep searching of consciousness, a weeding out of that which is ungodlike in our own thinking and a rejection of false concepts which we may be entertaining of others or of some discordant situation in everyday living.
Our great Way-shower, Christ Jesus, left his example for us, and through this example and the guiding laws of Christian Science, we learn to follow in his footsteps and demonstrate the nature of true employment. Mary Baker Eddy tells us (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 270): "To seek or employ other means than those the Master used in demonstrating Life scientifically, is to lose the priceless knowledge of his Principle and practice. He said, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.'"
Material possessions and steady employment do not suffice to bring true peace, security, success, and happiness. But our demonstration of man's true nature, through expressing the character of the Christ, as Jesus did, brings the assurance and evidence of God's abundant provision wherever we may be.
Should one be in need of work, of finding a position, or of making a change in his daily occupation, his first step is to turn to God wholeheartedly and seek first His kingdom. It is to maintain the fact of the eternal presence and availability of all good and of unlimited opportunity for all of His ideas.
One of the aids in the work of maintaining and demonstrating the meaning of true employment is found in Jesus' statement (Matt. 7:7), "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
Asking aright is true prayer. It is not asking for a position, or for money, or for preferment. It is asking for growth in character, for an increasing sense of love, of unselfishness, of childlike trust in God, and for willing obedience to His unchanging and unerring law. True prayer is the utilization of spiritual discernment and understanding. It is letting that state of consciousness be in us "which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5). It is letting God govern completely.
And what of the seeking? How do we seek the kingdom of heaven? Through searching the Scriptures and our Leader's writings; through striving for an ever clearer concept of God and of His creation; through rejecting the encumbering beliefs of material testimony; and through maintaining in our hearts that which is pure and good.
Since true employment is not merely occupation in business but the reflection of the qualities of true manhood in all human endeavor, our great need is to seek first the kingdom of God, the true understanding of Spirit and its creation, and then we shall find right human activity and satisfaction.
Right asking and seeking prepare us for the right moment to knock, for the moment of spiritual development when we are ready for the forward step, the increased opportunity to serve, the advanced position, the healing experience, the upward movement in the path from sense to Soul.
Jesus has told us that the gate which leads to the kingdom of heavenly resources is a strait gate, that is, a narrow gate. If we knock at this gate, it is opened unto us only as we have given up the false beliefs which impede our progress. Like the sheep which enter the fold, we enter into the kingdom of God under His rod of Truth. By shedding the earth weights, we make ourselves fit to enter through the gate to enjoy the fruitage of work well done and to go on to greater work.
When we ask, seek, and knock with sincerity, we are certain of the fulfillment of the Master's promise (Matt. 7:8), "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
To those who ask and seek and knock, the work may seem to be done during days of toil and nights of wrestling to meet the challenge of doubt, uncertainty, and fear. But for the faithful and obedient the employment is uninterrupted and the harvest is sure! In this respect, consider the words of our Leader (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 118), "Be of good cheer; the warfare with one's self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with you,—and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory."
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