Noticing a declining membership in many branch churches of the international church organization I am a member of, I have worried about the future of my church. “What can I do to turn it around and ensure the church thrives well into the future?” I wondered.
After years of feeling a personal weight of responsibility for doing something to help “save the church,” I realized one day that I was harboring a false sense of responsibility about its future. The thought came, “The church is not your church. It’s Mary Baker Eddy’s church. It’s her job to save it, not yours.”
Whew! What a relief. A giant weight lifted out of my thought that I didn’t realize existed. It’s not that I didn’t feel any responsibility for participating in the healthy and progressive activity of the church, for I did, and still do. However, it did release me from complete worry about its future.
Mrs. Eddy founded her church on the Rock of Truth. The Rock of Truth isn’t going anywhere. It is Christ at work throughout all existence, leading, guiding, governing, and blessing mankind through the omnipotence and omnipresence of God.
Mrs. Eddy founded a church that will survive any attack of error, any doubts of the human mind, and any assaults of evil, just like Jesus triumphed over every attempt to stop him from fulfilling his mission.
The church is not a human organization held together by members, money, and popular interest. It’s a divine idea emanating from God that demonstrates the power and presence of God at work helping and healing mankind out of all suffering. God is unstoppable. God’s divinely inspired church is unstoppable. It will fulfill its mission.
Eddy wrote, “Built on the rock, our church will stand the storms of ages: though the material superstructure should crumble into dust, the fittest would survive, — the spiritual idea would live, a perpetual type of the divine Principle it reflects” (Misc. Writings, p. 140).
I pray to align my thought with the spiritual idea God created, and keep moving ahead with a church designed to survive and thrive.