"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." What a marvelous recipe for prosperity! And how it emphasizes the need for the spiritual illumination which Christian Science sheds upon the Scriptures!

Taken literally, this glorious promise holds out little hope to the individual who, in belief, has been reduced to such circumstances that he cannot tithe in a material way; and even that individual who has given liberally of his material goods, but without the spiritual motive, may find the promise unfulfilled. Here it is that Christian Science shows the seemingly impoverished one that he can still tithe, and instructs the one who has been fulfilling the letter only how to worship "in spirit and in truth," thus making the promised blessing available to both.

On page 595 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy has defined "tithe," in part, as "contribution; tenth part; homage; gratitude." Homage! Gratitude! Are we bringing these into the storehouse? Are we thanking God that His idea, man, is perfect, being made and maintained in His image and likeness; that because He gives man all, man exists at the standpoint of inexhaustible abundance and affluence? Are we thanking the dear Father that we know He never made any form of lack or limitation, and that the seemingly inharmonious condition which confronts us has therefore no reality? If we are thanking God for the truth of being and are rejoicing in the understanding we have already gained of Truth's presence and reality, and of the consequent unreality of the testimony of the material senses, then we are, indeed, bringing the spiritual tithes into the storehouse, and we can expect to receive "a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

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The Power of Right Thought
February 6, 1932

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