Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to header Skip to footer

THE LIFE ABUNDANT

From the March 1936 issue of The Christian Science Journal


IT is recorded in Scripture that man is made "in the image of God." Man, therefore, lives because God is Life. The real man—and there is no other—is as immortal as the Life that is God. The true expression, or likeness, of God—man—necessarily has as his one purpose the conscious activity of imaging or reflecting God, Life. In the misty realm of human sense, however, there seems to be a counterfeit man, one that manifests the beliefs of human birth, growth, maturity, decrepitude, and death. The true idea of Life and its reflection dispels this mist as the morning sunshine annihilates the darkness that is called night.

What is it, someone may ask, that constitutes real living? What is the distinction between true living and mere existing, and how may one attain to that fullness of life referred to by our Master, Christ Jesus, as the end and aim of his mission among men, when he said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly"? Paul felt unmistakably the glow of this abundant life when, in his letter to the Philippians, he wrote, "For to me to live is Christ." Truly blessed is that one who has found that Life is God, and that man is the reflection or expression of God, not a creature of the dust. A poet philosopher glimpsed the truth of spiritual living when he penned in beauteous phraseology these words:

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts,
not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He
most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts
the best."

Sign up for unlimited access

You've accessed 1 piece of free Journal content

Subscribe

Subscription aid available

 Try free

No card required

More In This Issue / March 1936

concord-web-promo-graphic

Explore Concord—see where it takes you.

Search the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures