"All the tithes"

In the matter of tithing, time should be considered as much as anything else. Christian Scientists, by setting apart a portion of their income to further the purposes of the church, do not thereby confuse material riches with spiritual substance. The act is rather part of the process described by Paul as not to "be unclothed, but clothed upon;" for by so doing, the sense of real substance is given a channel to fill the thought to the exclusion of any lesser concept. Similarly with time, by laying aside any period for the particular object of communion with God, the actual sense of finite time itself is swallowed up in infinity.

Christian Scientists endeavor to live their lives truly in the pure expression of divine Principle. In this sense it is helpful to accent the word "all" in the familiar quotation from Malachi, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse"—not merely one tenth part, a tithe, but "all."

Message of the Brook
February 20, 1926

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