To realize and express good is to serve God. This ideal, practiced, is the surety of well-being, of protection and preservation, for being good is not different from having good. Mrs. Eddy epitomized these truths when she wrote to The Mother Church (Message for 1901, p. 1), "Rest assured you can never lack God's outstretched arm so long as you are in His service." Her words recall Isaiah's resonant, spiritual command (42:1), "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth." They also point to the true understanding of man as the spiritual idea of God, ever at one with Him.

Man, as God's idea, cannot do less than express the perfectness of divine Mind. Man, as His spiritual idea, cannot experience or express any phase of imperfection. The Christly persistence of Jesus' consciousness of his true identity as the Son of God, together with his loving practice of that fact, continuously enriched him. As the Son of God, he could not be poor. Poverty can come, and does come, only to fear-ridden material sense, for that sense has no substance, no relationship to good.

Every thought that expresses God, divine Mind, partakes of the nature of God and is truly substantial. The activity of divine ideas reflects actual substance, and since man is, as our Leader says, "the compound idea of God, including all right ideas" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 475), it follows that man unfailingly manifests substantial qualities in boundless measure. This manifestation is wealth, and he who thus seeks in God his true identity is rich beyond what the world knows. In addition to being supplied with all things needful, the outward sign of well-being is an affluence of spiritual qualities poured out upon the world. Love is an unmistakable token of abundance.

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The Changeless Friend
July 11, 1936

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