A Subtle Disobedience
by Florence Roberts
Many years ago when I started studying Christian Science, my suffering sense was so intense that I kept reading everything I felt I needed to read, thinking that meant I was being obedient. All that reading, studying the lessons, attending services and lectures, did not bring much relief until I was awakened to the discipline of consistently applying the Truth.
This citation from page 476 of Science and Health: “Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man,” speaks to what we are to learn and practice about ourselves. This is what Christ Jesus, the greatest man and yet the humblest that ever lived, did. “By his obedience to God, he demonstrated more spiritually than all others the Principle of being.” (Science and Health, p 25:17-19.)
There is a subtle disobedience that can go unnoticed for a long time, if we are not awakened to it. The result of this disobedience is seen even in long-time practicing Christian Scientists who in “ignorant” disobedience, insist on holding onto the mortal view of self, while yet seeking to be healed readily of their dis-eases. We read in Science and Health, p. 19:26-28, “If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good.”
Perfect God, perfect man as the basis of thought and demonstration is about the Christ man, the spiritual status of man which cannot be sick, which is under the law of God, not subject to mortal, material laws and beliefs of sickness, poverty, hunger, or discord of any kind.
Jacob embraced his new birth which revealed his true identity, Apostle Paul did the same. Living consistently with that recognition, they walked as God’s own likeness, and accomplished much!
We must humbly accept this new view of self with the deepest gratitude. We must love, nurture, cherish and mother it consistently to make it our own. This is the only view we can work from if we are to do the greater works, as Christ Jesus promised.