The work we're meant to do

A Christian Science perspective: You don't have to be a world leader to make a difference.

A statue of former US President Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was unveiled outside the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, on the 4th of July. Mr. Reagan is much admired in Europe for what he did toward bringing down the Berlin Wall and helping to end the cold war.

Standing at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 12, 1987, Reagan directly challenged then Russian General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to open that gate between East and West Berlin and to tear down the wall separating them.

He affirmed that the wall would fall because it “cannot withstand faith. It cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.” Two years later, in November 1989, the wall fell. Today you can’t see any evidence of it; Berlin is once again a united city.

Such statesmanship expresses the power of good, which prospers humanity. But you don’t have to be an international leader to do good. In fact, our world is full of good people doing great acts of goodness.

Every day, people everywhere do acts of goodness that bless the world and the universe around them.

It’s natural to do good because when we’re doing good, we’re expressing the nature of our Father-Mother God, the source of all good. Such good acts have deeper roots when we understand that each of us is spiritual, the idea or expression of God. Our purpose is to reflect Spirit’s qualities, such as truth, intelligence, love, tenderness, and honesty. And as we express these and other qualities, we’re doing good for our fellow humans and for the world.

So, since God is omnipresence, this divine goodness is and must be omnipresent in our world and in our individual lives. It is a law that operates all the time, and it empowers us. Then, doing good strengthens instead of wears us down; inspiration guides our thoughts and actions.

The recognition that God is infinitely good draws us near to Him. And our ability to reflect that goodness – as His spiritual ideas – has a healing influence universally.

The highest “doer of good,” Christ Jesus, said, “I must work the works of him that sent me” (John 9:4). He also said, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17).

Anyone who loves God can engage in that vital work. Each of us is able to reflect the divine goodness and so bring heaven on earth to our daily living. Each of us has our rightful purpose and usefulness in God’s kingdom. We are fully equipped to reflect the divine intelligence. Expressing the nature of God through the divine law of reflection is an entirely spiritual activity of a thought that is ever aligned with this divine goodness. This work that God gives us is to glorify Him. And the world is blessed by that work.

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