A Joyful Task
by Robert Merritt
Perhaps the most momentous single sentence ever written was penned by Mary Baker Eddy when she answered the question: What is God? She wrote: “God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.” (S&H p. 465)
Is there a more profound, insightful, revealing and yet beautifully simple sentence anywhere in the world? We must hallow and consecrate these holy names. Mrs. Eddy continues: “God. The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.”
Since God is good, Mrs. Eddy wonderfully defines good thusly: “Good. God; Spirit; omnipotence; omniscience; omnipresence; omni-action.” What power, strength, sublimity, vitality, and divine authority lie back of those words! They express the essence of the adorable One. Our sacred duty and privilege is to progressively bring these concepts of God out in our own life, just as the Bible characters, Jesus, and Mrs. Eddy did. We must partake of God’s nature, if we are to realize our true, spiritual, incorporeal identity as the image and likeness of God. There is only one God, but the Holy Spirit has many hues and offices. The more we understand God, the more we understand our true nature and the correct identity of our neighbor.
We put off evil, error, and heal the sick by putting on in our consciousness more correct views of God. And this is a joyful task of eternity!