"Labour not for the meat which perisheth"

The labor problem is the problem of understanding substance. As long as substance is conceived of as matter, so long will material means, physical force, and war seem necessary for the acquisition of substance, and discord and decay brand such efforts as worse than fruitless. When the teaching of Christian Science is applied that substance is spiritual, then it will be seen that substance must be sought "in spirit and in truth." All must learn this lesson in order that men and women may become "workers together with him" and love's labor be not lost.

The laborer needs to know that his riches lie in God, not in his employer. The tendency to divide human beings into rich and poor, laborers and capitalists, proceeds from materialistic reasoning. There is no divinding line between God's children, and there will be none between mortals when the yardstick of matter ceases to be used as a measure. Viewed from the standpoint of spiritual attainment, what can mere matter declare concerning man? All need healing, forgiveness, security, salvation, and substance, and Spirit alone can supply these needs. Therefore all are on a basis of equality before God. The man of much money has no security for his riches except in God. Without divine protection no investments are worth the paper they are written on. The word of an honest man and the steel walls of a bank safe are no protection against loss and poverty, unless these riches are turned over to God to keep. Belgium and France illustrate how riches can be lost in a night.

The Bible and Healing
April 26, 1919

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