"What lack I yet?"

The rich young man who inquired of Jesus what good thing he should do that he might have eternal life, and who, replying to Jesus' admonition to "keep the commandments," declared that he had done this throughout his life, asked, "What lack I yet?" Jesus' reply to him, when interpreted in the light of Christian Science, gives much profitable food for thought. He said, "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." The narrative states that this admonition caused the young man to go away sorrowful, "for he had great possessions."

In the light of Christian Science may we not see in Jesus' words a lesson that each one should free himself from the belief that matter is substance, gain the understanding that good is spiritual, and give out this spiritual enlightenment to the poor, to those who are humbly seeking and longing for the truth and desiring to receive it?

This searching question, "What lack I yet?" which the young man presented to Jesus, is one which each individual may with profit present to himself. Is not our greatest need to become conscious of our true, spiritual selfhood? As we understand that man is spiritual, the perfect likeness of God, we see that his needs are already supplied in the infinitude of divine Mind. Meditating upon the perfection of being, daily and hourly, enables us to dwell consciously in the spiritual realm, wherein the power of infinite Mind is supreme. In "Unity of Good" Mrs. Eddy, referring to her experience in healing, says (p. 7), "Certain self-proved propositions pour into my waiting thought in connection with these experiences; and here is one such conviction: that an acknowledgment of the perfection of the infinite Unseen confers a power nothing else can." One of the greatest blessings for which we may work and pray is that we may come into a fuller realization of infinite perfection.

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Overcoming Fear
October 10, 1942

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