"Treasure in heaven"

THROUGHOUT the ages much time, thought, and anxiety have gone into the process of accumulating material possessions. History's pages show that individuals and nations have oftentimes been swayed by the passion for laying up for themselves "treasures upon earth."

Happy is the man who has awakened to Jesus' command to lay up "treasures in heaven," for by this changed view of substance he begins his journey from the realm of material discord into the harmony of spiritual being. "Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged," Mrs. Eddy states on page 265 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." True value resides in "treasures of Truth and Love." These riches are beneficial both to ourselves and to others, and our highest work is to be employed in gaining more of this real wealth.

How beautiful is the Biblical narrative of Joseph's progress through trials and persecutions to dominion and freedom! Joseph cast out resentment, discouragement, and false desires, and looked to God to bestow all good. From his story we glean the assurance that as we follow in the path of obedience to Love we, likewise, can rise from the pit of material sense, the slavery of mortal fear, the prison of sensuousness, into true liberty. Joseph was divinely directed to lay up food from the harvest of good years that dire want should be warded off. He was obedient, and when "the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt" the wisdom of such counsel was seen; for, as we read in the forty-first chapter of Genesis, the provision resulting from his obedience was enjoyed by many.

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What Can I Do for Peace?
January 4, 1936

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