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Series 1 - Lesson 3 - Annotation 16

Series 1 - Lesson 3 - Annotation 16

What is the true object of all work?

16. Life is a school for our development physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually; and work is an avenue that allows for such accomplishment.

(a) Physically, work is the process that enables manifest man to use his abilities in service, or in the making of products for his own use. The excess is given to his neighbor in exchange for his neighbor's service or product. The aim is first expression and second, service.

(b) Mentally, the true object of all work is for the upliftment of mankind. It is to release divine ideas through right use of the thought process. Music, art, literature, drama, and the sciences are products of man's imagination as it channels the ideals of Spirit into expression.

(c) Morally, the object of all work is the development of soul powers. It is said that man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Thus the development of soul powers and their ever-increasing expression should accompany all true work. When we work to express God, instead of working for a mere living, we bless and magnify the good of our labor and find peace, contentment, and happiness along our way of usefulness.

(d) Spiritually, the true object of all work is to allow God to know Himself in His creation. God imaged Himself in all His perfection as spiritual man. This perfection is revealed to man through the Christ or I AM indwelling. The "living soul" evolves as a "life-giving spirit" (I Cor. 15:45), showing forth in the flesh the entire nature of God—abundant life, love, substance, joy, wisdom, peace, all good.

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