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Supply as Spiritual Reflection

From the August 15, 1936 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Man has supply because he reflects God. The first chapter of Genesis states that God made man in His own image and after His likeness. Christian Science is the glorious discovery of the great truth, namely, that man is the full and perfect expression of God. Such being the fact, man has nothing underived from God, nor can he, as God's reflection, be incomplete or lack in any degree that which God includes. Therefore, man manifests supply, and, furthermore, supply is wholly spiritual.

The human mind challenges this statement. So imbued is it with the belief that supply is material, and that it comes to the individual through material channels and toilsome effort rather than from within, through spiritual discernment and divine reflection, that it seems difficult for the human consciousness to accept the statement that in reflecting Life, man reflects all that constitutes Life. Like the man in Jesus' parable who pulled down his barns and built greater, and said to his soul, "Thou hast much goods laid up for many years," mortals seek security in material possessions, only to find them fleeting, insecure, and illusory. Then they believe themselves to be in lack. Every manifestation of lack is but an illusion of fear, of ignorance, or of sin.

Spiritual supply flows directly from God to man; or, more accurately stated, it coexists with God and man. It requires no human avenue or channel in order to be made manifest. Man in God's image can no more be separated from supply than he can be separated from God, for all that man has, all that man is, is the reflection of God.

When to human sense supply appears to be cut off or obstructed, either temporarily or permanently; when there appears to be no human source or avenue whatever through which supply can come, it will be made manifest when God is spiritually and scientifically understood, as witness Jesus' demonstration of the loaves and fishes. Man is not a channel for God, but a manifestation of God. He is more than the recipient of good; he is the expression of good. Man is not something through which or to which God flows; he is the very expression or evidence of God.

The love of money rests on the tyranny, the despotism, of materialism. It is that which says, Without me—matter—you can do nothing, not even live! Rightly considered, money is a medium of exchange, a symbol of gratitude, something given in return for value received. Instead of asking oneself, "How much money have I?" one would do well to consider, How much gratitude have I?

In its finite concept of supply, the human mind forever measures and limits that which it deems good and indispensable. Christian Science demands of its students a radical change in thinking. The sun does not say, If only I had not shone quite so much yesterday, I should have more light with which to shine today. The fact that it shone yesterday is the proof that it can shine today. Yet mortals are prone to say, "If I had not spent so much yesterday," or even, "If I had not given so much yesterday, I should have more today." Such reasoning is based on matter and does not recognize Mind as the inexhaustible source of supply, and man as infinite reflection. Neither the good we did yesterday nor the seeming mistakes and failures of yesterday limit or darken today, except in so far as ignorant, false belief permits. It never occurs to us that the one who has passed beyond this plane of existence is cut off from supply, although every human avenue through which it came to him here is left behind. Neither can we be cut off from divine supply here and now.

In reality, supply has never been too generously shared, nor has it ever been squandered or unwisely invested. Being spiritual it is indivisible, and it coexists in its completeness with God and man. There have never been any mistakes or misjudgments in God's universe. Since no mistake ever really occurred in the past, it can bring no real consequence in the present. Supply is man's today by reason of his relationship to God. He has eternal supply because he reflects God. No evidence before the material senses can alter this fact. In Truth, there are no lost opportunities, no past mistakes. Man is the present reflection of God.

If we would increase our human manifestation of supply, we must cultivate the habit of magnifying good. The human mind is prone to magnify evil; it holds to, recounts, and magnifies every disturbing incident. Alert students of Christian Science are seeing good multiply in their experience through the habitual attitude of minimizing evil and magnifying good. Which are we seeing—Love's abundance or error's want?

Strictly speaking, no one is ever without income. Something is coming into our thought every moment, either suggestions of loss, lack, impoverishment, fear, dismay, or spiritual ideas which acknowledge God and man's relationship to Him. We need to watch our thoughts carefully, for according to them the outward manifestation will be poverty or abundance.

Supply is not outlined or limited by the figures in a bankbook or the amount of a salary. Supply is as infinite and indivisible as God Himself. We must expand our thinking. Mortal limitations are self-imposed. Let us refuse to be mesmerized. In all God's universe there is no such thing as lack. No one can limit abundance to himself. Each can demonstrate it, and by so doing he is proving it to be a demonstrable fact for every child of God. We should not speak of "my" supply, or "your" supply, any more than we speak of "my" sunshine, or "your" sunshine. It is just sunshine, abundant sunshine, and each may enjoy just as much of it as he chooses, if he takes the trouble to go out into it, without limiting or depriving anyone else.

Human reasoning looks anxiously ahead and says, At such and such a time my income, or part of it, may stop. God knows nothing about calendars, nothing about changes. Supply is continuous. The haunting fear of material supply and material lack will vanish before the scientific demonstration of man's relationship to God. In this relationship there is no stagnation, no obstruction, no unrequited, labored effort. Man reflects. He does not toil. Says the Apostle John, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God." And Paul says, "We are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ."

Christian Science teaches that these truths relative to man's abundant present supply should be demonstrated as one spends or incurs obligations, for they are spiritual facts which it is our birthright to demonstrate. Such demonstration rests on honesty, purity, unselfish desire. Let no one think he can demonstrate supply in Christian Science for selfish gain or the gratification of sense. Scientific thinking is thinking that is in line with Principle. This results in a proper sense of values. It takes away both the love of material possession and the fear of material lack. "Our sufficiency is of God." Mortal mind's lying, mesmeric argument is always insufficiency. The one with the largest bank account may be the one with the greatest sense of insufficiency. In reality the only demands made upon man are spiritual demands. Mind makes them and fulfills them. Man reflects the infinitude of Mind—hence his sufficiency.

Mortal mind always begins from the wrong end of a problem in seeking its solution. Anxious retrenchment and curtailment, while sometimes humanly necessary, never demonstrate abundance. The very fact of entertaining such a finite mental concept limits one's sense of supply, and therefore cannot demonstrate sufficiency. The position achieved through scientific demonstration can be held. There is no reversal. There is no retrograde step. Error's argument is retrogression. Truth's command is, "Go forward!" This applies to finances, home, church, health—activity and usefulness in all their forms. Good is not attained negatively. Truth is affirmative. Principle is positive. We never advance through negative thinking. Christian Science demands that we keep our thinking positive.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 258), "Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God." And she continues, "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis." As each individual learns through Christian Science to appropriate this truth, and grows in the spiritual understanding of God to the point where he can demonstrate it, this statement will be found to epitomize the permanent, positive solution of the question of supply.

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