by Florence Roberts
The Bible tells us to work out our own salvation, but is there not great value to the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself?
We hear such sayings as “everyone for himself and God for us all.” Yes, to understand one’s self first and to love one’s self is important, if it enables us to love others as we love ourselves.
In Luke 12:16-21 we read about the rich man who builds bigger barns just to selfishly store the bounty of his crops for himself, when he could have given some away to bless others or sold it at a lower price. The rest of the story illustrates the point in the command to love your neighbor as yourself. Our thoughts and prayers can daily bless our fellow beings by seeing the spiritual, perfect man everywhere.
Christ Jesus’ mission was both individual and collective; He did God’s will, He surrendered the human sense of Jesus so that, as the Christ, he could show mankind the healing power and love of God for all His children everywhere. In Mary Baker Eddy’s selfless efforts to follow Christ’s footsteps, she left us the rules and means for demonstrating this imperative divine Principle. They both worked individually for the benefit of all mankind.
All the great benefactors of the human race are remembered because of their unselfish giving. We cannot forget God’s promise in Hymn 360 of the Christian Science Hymnal: “Help to bear thy brother’s burden God will bear both it and thee.”