"Seek ye first the kingdom"

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." How clearly is the way indicated in this plain, simple statement of the Master! And yet, how generally are this statement and its beneficent promise ignored by mankind! In fact, mortals seem to have taken exactly the opposite view and are seeking "these things" first, giving little thought to the "kingdom of God" as a present possibility. This is not because all do not desire present blessings. All do. But mankind has been led to believe that this teaching of Christ Jesus is merely theoretical, very good in the abstract, but not practical. Christian Science reverses this error, and shows the teachings of the Master to be practical, usable here and now; and through the understanding thus gained we are able to fulfill the condition, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." As a result, we come into the present enjoyment of the promise, our daily needs being met, very often in a far better manner than we could have outlined.

To one faced with the seeming necessity of providing for a family, perhaps burdened with the added beliefs of debt, unemployment, or failure, this may come as "an hard saying." Yet it is not dogmatic, but reasonable, logical, and above all, demonstrable. This does not mean that in our present state of growth we do not have to take the necessary human footsteps. We do. But when our first aim is to grow in our understanding of God and His universe, and to obey His will, these steps are fruitful and effective.

The Multitude
August 18, 1928

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