THE general meaning of the word wages is that medium of exchange, called money, which is paid for personal service. Figuratively the word is synonymous with produce, which is specifically associated with agricultural products. In comparing things with thoughts we find that the mental world in which we live has the produce or wage of every right or wrong thought, and its realization, or payment, accompanies very closely the outward act. A Bible verse which made a deep impression upon the writer as a child was Paul's statement in Romans: "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

In Science and Health (p. 311) Mrs. Eddy tells us that "all sin is of the flesh. It cannot be spiritual. Sin exists here or hereafter only so long as the illusion of mind in matter remains." Hence while we live on the plane which makes a reality of physical sense the wages we receive will be disease and death, whereas the wage of service to Truth is the gain of intelligence, with dominion over the flesh, that true vision or spiritual perception. which yields a higher sense of infinite Mind, the cause of all that is harmonious and eternal. Our Master once said to his disciples, "He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together." There is no uncertainty about this kind of wage.

April 15, 1916

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