“We know that all will be changed ‘in the twinkling of an eye,’ when the last trump shall sound; but this last call of wisdom cannot come till mortals have already yielded to each lesser call in the growth of Christian character.” (Science and Health, page 291)
God’s grace brings a natural pace to our growth. We are promised that we shall all be changed in a moment, that we will witness our true glory as children of God—spiritual, immortal, perfect. This reality of our being does not take time to create, for it is already the truth of life. But, it may take daily listening and following as we come to see this ideal in a way that we can fully understand, appreciate, and experience.
This “last call of wisdom” is our promise and our beacon. God guarantees that we know Him, Life, Love as it truly is. To come into the fullness of such breathtaking knowledge, we must take some necessary breaths along the way. We must daily, hourly, give up those earthen weights that are keeping us down and darkening our way. We must not try to rush out ahead of the lessons needed or we will not fully grasp the final answer if it were shown to us.
The “lesser” calls for growth in our character must be heeded and appreciated. They are there to lead us gently yet firmly and decisively in the way of goodness and Truth. We must realize that anything that doesn’t bring us a real peace needs to be discarded. Anything that does not indicate the presence of Love needs to be abandoned. The selfish motive as well as the self-judgment needs to be given up. We must yield each day, with God’s guidance, a little more of that fruitless human will for that fruitful divine will. Christian character requires our genuine kindness and sincere humility. It necessitates a willingness to be led forward, step-by-step, into our true selves, and to realize also that all of God’s children are worthy of this same timely and timeless glory.
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