Receiving Thy Sight

Foremost among the divine gifts to be desired and claimed is that of spiritual receptivity; for this gift brings with it the possibility of the continuous demonstration of Godlikeness. The question troubling some of us may be, What hinders our receptivity? Through the study of our Leader's Bible Lesson in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 180), fresh light is thrown on this subject by the chosen text, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God," as well as on her elucidation of it. Neither human will nor materiality is capable of receiving good; for the true cannot be grafted on to the false. Any individual consenting to trace his origin to matter would be limiting his demonstration of spirituality at every turn.

The revelation of Christian Science did not reach Mrs. Eddy through the five corporeal senses, but in spite of them; for she did not allow their false testimony to hinder her deep spiritual consecration. Paul says: "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." What is this "natural man" but a suppositious mortal mind personified, with its obstructive beliefs of fear, doubt, discouragement, sensual pleasure, and pain? Spiritual man is entirely and consciously receptive and spiritually expressive.

As a Little Child
July 1, 1922

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