Just Recompense

Jesus' miracles were also lessons. They were educative as well as physically beneficial. They are for all time and every nation. The healing of the ten lepers, like the parable of the ten talents, conveys lessons needed by the men and women of to-day as well as by the wayfarer on the dusty roads of Samaria or Judea twenty centuries ago. On page 591 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy defines a miracle as "that which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly." In his miracles Jesus incorporated many lessons which had to be learned humanly,—lessons in faith, in courage, in justice, in service, in timeliness, in self-control and self-denial, in order, in thoroughness, in unselfishness, in cooperation, in gratitude and love. These lessons teach things that practitioner and patient alike need to know and need to remember. They point to qualities the business man needs to cultivate. They offer solutions to many of the problems which appear in the daily work of every student of Christian Science.

Take for example the question of just recompense for benefits received. Jesus' miracles always benefited some one, and his beneficiaries were expected to make just recompense either in service, sacrifice, or honest endeavor. He discerned what was needful for them to do and told them plainly just what was their part in making the demonstration complete. Never was it to be a one-sided affair. Something for nothing is the creed of greed but not of justice. That which costs little is valued little. Many things of great value cannot be appraised in dollars and cents, and a Christian Science treatment is one of these; hence it should never be looked upon by patient or practitioner as a trifling affair. It should always have too much of God, good, reflected in it to be lightly regarded.

The Enduring Word
January 12, 1918

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