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Peter

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02/26/2013 08:42

watching to receive the Christ spirit

I usually think of watching as looking out for the devil.

But the parable of servants watching with lights burning to let their Lord in immediately when he comes home from the wedding --- this is about something more than watching for error. It's about being on watch for Christ.

Is the lesson that in order to receive the blessing, we must watch for it? Or is it that if we are not in a state of watchfulness, not only will we allow incursions of the devil, but we will also miss the Christ message? It shows that if I'm in a passive state, I have to rouse myself to a state of watchfulness before the declarations of Truth have any effect.




 
MaryBeth

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02/26/2013 09:55

Re: watching to receive the Christ spirit

This is a really important point and Mrs. Eddy addresses it in her article "Watching versus Watching Out" (Miscellany page 232). She warns us of a "negative watch" in which error ends up seeming real......"Then should not "watching out" mean, watching against a negative watch, alias, no watch, and gaining the spirit of true watching, even that of our Master's command? It must mean that."



 
Susanne

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03/02/2013 21:40

Re: watching to receive the Christ spirit

I usually think of watching as looking out for the devil.

But the parable of servants watching with lights burning to let their Lord in immediately when he comes home from the wedding --- this is about something more than watching for error. It's about being on watch for Christ.

Is the lesson that in order to receive the blessing, we must watch for it? Or is it that if we are not in a state of watchfulness, not only will we allow incursions of the devil, but we will also miss the Christ message? It shows that if I'm in a passive state, I have to rouse myself to a state of watchfulness before the declarations of Truth have any effect.



In "Watching versus Watching Out" in Miscellany, page 232, this stands out to me: "Ignorance of self is the most stubborn belief to overcome, for apathy, dishonesty, sin follow in its train. One should watch to know what his errors are..."

It is a good reminder. When I feel a disturbance within my heart, an unkind thought, I go to Ps. 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."--I don't want to miss the Christ message, ever speaking to each of us. Watching is a constant to keep us on the straight and narrow.