Christ Jesus declared the infiniteness, the allness of God's kingdom, and evil's consequent nothingness and powerlessness, in the closing sentence of that wonderfully comprehensive prayer, so full of significance today to Christian Scientists, which he taught his followers nineteen centuries ago: "Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever." It was in his exposition of this prayer that he exhorted his followers to seek "first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things [the so-called essentials of existence] shall be added."

There could be no more pertinent illustration of this teaching than is briefly set forth in the chronicles of King Solomon. We are told that he "loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father;" and that when he was bidden to ask of God a gift, his prayer was, "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart," a request which was so pleasing to God that He bestowed upon Solomon not only the wise and understanding heart he desired, but the things he had not asked for,—riches and honor and length of days. This, then, is the "kingdom of God" we are bidden to seek first, to desire above all other things, the wisdom and understanding whereby we may lay hold on the knowledge of God's omnipotence and ever-presence, through which is made manifest the supremacy of Truth in the overcoming of sin, disease, and death; and in so doing lay up for ourselves not only the promised "treasures in heaven," the boon of eternal life, but find, in recompense for all that is given up in the way of worldly possessions for the Master's sake, "an hundredfold now in this time."

February 24, 1912

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