ACTIVITY AND REWARD

Christian Science shows men how to claim a just and adequate reward for their labors and how to have this reward now. There is no virtue in scrimping because of an inadequate income, doing without rather than claiming and receiving the manifestation of God's infinite abundance. A right activity is best served by the realization that God is supplying through this right activity His own manifestation of abundance. The attitude of the martyr—doing great works for small appreciation and even smaller reward—needs to be divested of its halo and seen for what it is: a phase of animal magnetism, a bland denial of the justice and affluence of God.

Actually, good work is never unrewarded, inadequately rewarded, or left to an uncertain future reward. The Bible abounds in assurances of this truth. The prophet Isaiah represents God as saying of His people (Isa. 65:21), "They shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them." Looking even more deeply into the spiritual nature of cause and effect, the same prophet twice spoke of the saving omnipotence of God in these words (Isa. 40:10 and 62:11): "Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him."

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