Supply Made Manifest

The law of supply is stated in Jesus' words: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." It is the law of compensation, the inevitable consequence of Love. True substance being Spirit, God, the understanding of this reveals the spiritual idea as a complete expression or manifestation of Principle, God. Since Principle includes in itself all good, the discernment of Truth leads to the perception that its idea is forever conscious of unlimited good,—is the forever expression of all-inclusive Mind.

A student of Christian Science, dimly perceiving this and realizing her need to be healed of a sense of limitation, followed this line of reasoning, willing to realize abundance only as divine Love made manifest or spiritual substance expressed. Daily, hourly, she strove to reflect the love of God in every thought and act, hungering for spiritual understanding that would not be satisfied with the crusts of material reasoning, and humbly desiring to receive only that which is the result of enlarged spiritual perception. The realization came that supply is unlimited, but our own limited sense of good prevents us from receiving abundance. The larger desire for spiritual good must precede the larger expression. Receptivity and gratitude for good already received open the way for further good to be manifested. This truth was glimpsed as the student pressed steadily onward, and yet the sense of limitation was not met. The growing demands of a little family of children were persistent.

Never a doubt presented itself as to the law of supply, but there was a thorough analysis of thought to discover what was unlike the Christ in her own thinking. Many were the stones uncovered which would impede progress along the path of spiritual growth,—selfishness, criticism, the love of approbation; still she pressed onward. The nothingness of personal worship under the guise of love had to be proved, and still further steps were necessary in the demonstration of true substance, for reliance on a probable inheritance of money had to cease. The path became smoother, but selfishness had still to be broken up more completely. About this time the student expressed the wish that she could know that abundance is a fact as readily as she knew without doubt that every actual need is always met. Like a glorious shaft of sunshine, uncovering and destroying the last obstruction to the realization of supply, came the revelation that for years of faithful, untiring service to her little ones she had with a great sense of duty given them every available comfort and care, met every actual need, but—a pause, a lifting of thought to the Christ-ideal—where had been the joy of giving? There had been dutiful serving, but the joyous, spontaneous, loving desire to bestow all abundance upon the little ones and the joy in their joy—it had been absent. Thus in her own experience every need was always met but abundance withheld itself. Yet then she knew: And the days of thy bondage shall be ended.

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The Power and the Glory
April 24, 1920

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