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HUGH STUART CAMPBELL
In the story known as the parable of the ten pieces of money, as recorded in the nineteenth chapter of Luke, Jesus illustrated the reward of diligence and the punishment of apathy. From this parable we learn that the nobleman's servants who were obedient to their master's command, "Occupy till I come," who manifested alertness, judgment, and fidelity, not only increased their material substance, but were rewarded with positions of trust; while, on the other hand, the slothful servant, through exhibiting suspicion, indolence, and criticism, must lose "even that he hath."
The Greek word in this parable translated "occupy" means "to do business," to do the will of God. "What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" we read in Micah. This is man's true occupation. Jesus called it being about the Father's business. It is the business of doing good, the business of loving. To walk with God is to know God, to reflect His thoughts. Love can never be idle. Love is ever active, rising with upward wings to heights supernal. John says, "Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." In loving we reflect Love, God, and express this love in the activity of right thinking and good deeds. Indolence and apathy are mortal beliefs. They do not proceed from God. As false states of the carnal mind, they contain no element of the love which belongs indissolubly to God and to His spiritual universe. Matter is the false god of indolence as well as of opulence a perishable god, therefore no god. To accuse an idle man of hating might startle the individual, to say the least; but certainly idleness and apathy open the door of thought to every error, and close it to the truth. A realization of the subtle influence which blinds mankind to the true nature of these errors, which draws the veil of innocency over them, calling them good, must come. The dormant thought finding ease in materialism must be startled into action by Truth. Paul said to the Ephesians: "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."
"God rests in action," writes Mrs. Eddy in the Christian Science textbook (p. 519), and this statement finds its correlative passage in the words of Jesus, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." Jesus knew God as the omniactive Principle of the universe, the fount of ceaseless energy, strength, and power. He knew that to know God aright was to be like Him, and his life of good deeds illustrated how completely he fulfilled his mission as the Way-shower. As the Son of God he reflected perfectly the spiritual ideas emanating from God, Mind. While Jesus often referred to God as "My Father," he also speaks of Him in the Lord's Prayer as "Our Father," and in other statements proved that his complete expression of God's will was the work which all mankind must do, in order to obtain the purification requisite to enable them to say with John, "Now are we the sons of God." As God is Life, and God is good, to live is to express goodness. As God is all activity, we must be constantly occupied in manifesting the highest activity of good in word and deed. This occupation cannot be measured by the standard of time, nor bounded by periods of rest in idleness, for each day of holy work is complete and lasts throughout eternity.
There is a big work ahead for Christian Scientists, but we are not afraid of it, for Love is the light, Love is the guide, Love is the guard. It is imperative that the work be done now, for if we delay, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?"
Christian Science Sentinel, January 3, 1920
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