“Hear these imperative commands: ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect!’ ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature!’ ‘Heal the sick!’” (Science and Health, page 37)
These commands to each of us are imperative! We absolutely must obey, because we were made to do so. Our duty to God and man is based on our own readiness and rightness for the job. As God’s own ideas, we cannot possibly go forth promoting error or even keeping silent or apathetic about the good that is ours to live and to prove.
We were made in His image and likeness, perfect and therefore perfectly capable of radiating that light of goodness throughout the world, bringing our heavenly awareness to our ready earth. Neither Jesus nor Mary Baker Eddy was tentative about this declaration of who we are and what our calling is. They knew the power of divine reflection, and the necessity of bearing God’s standard forth eagerly and expectantly into the world.
Imperative: “absolutely necessary or required; unavoidable.” There’s no way to escape it! Our perfection and its demonstration are both entirely natural and absolutely necessary. Let’s get about being who we were formed to be—powerful ideas of God, actively proving His presence, His goodness, and His all-embracing Love. It’s our calling and our blessing.
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