"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?

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