WHAT occasions we have for constant rejoicing, in view of the fact that Christian Science is a religion that not only designates how to receive, but how to share, those blessings "from above"! God's law of recompense is inevitable, demanding that each share in accordance with his spiritual light, growth, and achievement. This law of Love is beautifully expressed in the words of a familiar hymn:
"For we must share, if we would keep
That blessing from above:
Ceasing to give, we cease to have,
Such is the law of love."
In order to continue receiving, we must share "the fruit of the Spirit," proportionably to our scientific discernment and demonstration of the Christ, Truth. Contrariwise, if we would share, we must ever replenish our storehouse of divine gifts, amplifying our capacity for giving. In other words, before we can give it is essential, in the words of our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, that we exchange "the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 269). For it is only the "ideas of Soul" that possess real, permanent value, conferring lasting benefit. So the cycle of giving and receiving ever revolves in its true course Spiritward; and one must be subservient to Soul's law of right activity if the goal of spiritual selfhood is to be attained.