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"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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Annual Meeting of The Mother Church
with contributions from Frank C. Colby, Elizabeth Cadwell Tomlinson, Edward L. Ripley, The Christian Science Board of Directors
A Strong Defense
JULIA SALOME KINNEY
HERBERT ERNEST EVANS
"I know better"
EUNICE W. HEDLER
The very generous allotment of your space to the report...
William Pitfield, Committee on Publication for Lancashire, England,
In your issue of September 19, under the heading,...
Hugh T. Campbell, Committee on Publication for the State of Washington,
Extracts from Reports of Christian Science Committees on Publication
with contributions from Selected
From a letter dated 1898
MARY BAKER EDDY
No Age Limit
George Shaw Cook
"Rich toward God"
Violet Ker Seymer
with contributions from Joseph S. Glickauf, John Claude Waller, Walter G. Willoschat, Minta A. Deagon, Paul Swearingen
Although it was only about three years ago that I first...
Gladys M. Hubbard
Over twenty years ago Christian Science came into my...
Charlotte Matejousky with contributions from Joseph J. Matejousky
It was in the way of Christ's appointing that I was led...
Hannah Rollins Twiss
It has long been my desire to express my gratitude for...
William H. Bolte
I am deeply grateful to God and to Christian Science for...
Ralph B. Smith with contributions from Violet G. Smith
It is with deepest gratitude that I express my appreciation...
Lucy J. Dunnington
For years I was a successful business woman—stenographer...
For about twenty years I have been relying on Christian Science...
Mary E. Blanchard
EDNA WISE WEST
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Torrance Phelps, J. W. Saunders, Malcolm J. MacLeod, J. I. Wensley, Nathan Howard Gist, Correspondent, B. Orames, Ruth Glenn Hanson