Seeking and Finding

Jesus said: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." The truth of these familiar words is daily being proved; and the fulfillment of the promises given therein is a demonstrable certainty to all those who, through the teachings of Christian Science, are learning to ask and seek aright. Many are trying to demonstrate material things instead of seeking the spiritual idea of Truth. But only in seeking and finding the spiritual idea, in place of each and every seeming, false condition of material sense, will harmony be found, manifesting itself in harmonious conditions. Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 566), "So shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual."

To the searcher for health, does it not sometimes seem that all his earnest seeking goes unrewarded? And is this not often because he is trying to demonstrate a perfect material body instead of striving to understand the wholeness, completeness, and perfection of each individual idea of God, and the consequent impossibility of making perfect that which is imperfect and unreal? He will find that as he rises above the false mortal concept of man as material and as having a material body, his beliefs of ill health will fade away.

There are countless seekers for freedom in the world to-day, but it is a freedom which to them means license, mere liberty to gratify their false sense of self. Not until they seek the "glorious liberty of the children of God" do they find their freedom, as ideas of God, in an awakened consciousness of their exemption from sin and disease, and of their freedom to do right and to obey the dictates of divine Principle. Surely this is the only true freedom there is. The parent seeking the truth about his child must rise above his false sense, and seek the spiritual idea, inseparable from its Father-Mother God; therefore, never anything but perfect, and sinless, and pure. Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health (p. 582) that children are "the spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love;" and the seeker for truth is rewarded by finding harmony manifested exactly in proportion to his right understanding and application of this truth.

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Church and Church Membership
September 22, 1923

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