"Rich toward God"

When "a certain rich man" in the parable was faced with a surplus harvest, the only remedy he could think of was to build greater barns in which to store his harvest. Because rigid selfishness barred the way, the thought of sharing it with others did not occur to him. "So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

How is it possible to be "rich toward God"? How can the recipient be rich toward the Giver? Jesus' life of obedience to the Father and selfless devotion to humanity gives the answer. Likewise does the life of Mary Baker Eddy. Instead of storing away the heavenly, healing vision which had come to her, she lavishly shared it through her healing work, her writings, her class teaching, and her establishment of the organization. As a result, Christian Science is carrying its message of healing and redemption to the ends of the earth.

We are "rich toward God" through loving and living the teachings of Christian Science, and through our readiness to "speak a word in season to him that is weary." We should be poor in receiving and in giving if the main purpose of our study should be to benefit ourselves. We multiply the riches of spiritual understanding through proving the healing power of Truth on behalf of individuals. We further multiply our riches by constant true thinking for the general good. Thus we avoid the possibility of selfishly hoarding the verities of being we are perceiving in the "barn" of our consciousness, by confining our efforts to demonstrating harmony and healing for ourselves and our immediate environment. It is essential that each Christian Scientist should bring out harmony in his own experience and his own home. This he may the more readily accomplish by dwelling on the government of universal Love on behalf of all humanity, and, with this end in view, keeping himself well informed as to its unfolding needs.

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June 27, 1936

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