The last shall be first, and the first last,” so that God and His idea may be to us what divinity really is and must of necessity be, – all-inclusive.
Mary Baker Eddy
(Science and Health 116:8)
“It Gets Better” – Chon Santana & Jamie Castorena (SJSU) Directed by: Matt Coignard
WHO SHALL BE GREATEST?
From the October 9, 1909 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
PEOPLE outside the ranks of Christian Science are some times heard to speak of various individuals as Christian Science “leaders” in this or that church or community. Coming from this source such a statement may be excused, although it should not go uncorrected. For a Scientist, however, to speak of some friend or favourite as a leader, is entirely out of keeping and not helpful to our Cause.
We have one recognized Leader, who is such by virtue of her unique position as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. She has not sought, but accepts her place, and fills it as on other could. It is self-evident that there cannot be two discoverers of a truth, although this truth may be rediscovered after being lost to human sense for centuries; but countless multitudes may follow in the footsteps of a discoverer and, by reason of using it, make the new knowledge their own. No one would think for a moment that Moses sought personal following among his brethren in Israel. He strove to lead the people out of their bondage to materiality, and on to the exalted plane of a spiritual knowledge of God. like Moses, Mrs. Eddy has sought to bring about a spiritual end, while declaring herself still to he “a willing disciple at the heavenly gate” (Science and Health, Pref., p. ix.).
It is manifest that true leadership is something entirely apart from the desire for human recognition. It is constituted only when divine Mind is dominant in human consciousness, and thus draws “all men ” The desire to be great, or to lead our fellow-men. will not accomplish any more in Christian Science than it did when our Master’s disciples were striving over a similar point. They were told plainly that true greatness came only through loving service; that the “greatest” should “be as the younger:” the “chief, as he that doth serve;” and that even “the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life.”
He who follows this teaching unconsciously becomes a helper and guide to others, since selflessness, righteousness, and humility are lodestars that attract all who are seeking these highest ideals. It is right to love noble qualities wherever we behold them; indeed, it is impossible not to do so. When all desire for precedence melts away, we find that the greatest privilege accorded Christian Scientists is to become followers,— humble followers of Christ. Through this clarified perception we are able to interpret that hitherto enigmatical saying of our Master: “Many that are first shall be last ; and the last shall be first.”