“While Christ is rich, can I be poor?” sings a line from a hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal (John Ryland, No. 224). It’s a thought-provoking question.
With fears about a lack of supply, of health, and of the general goodness in our political systems, we may want to consider the boundless scope of Christ Jesus’ words and works. Jesus’ healings demonstrated “God with us,” or “Emmanuel,” showing that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). He consistently illustrated the grand capacities of God as Love, overcoming any sense of lack, sin, sickness, and death.
Christian Science brings out the law behind Christ Jesus’ healing work, a law that reveals God as infinite, limitless—a healing power and presence that overcomes all chaos, doubt, and fear. This law also reveals that we have a direct relation to infinity—to all that God is. In fact, we are God’s image and likeness (as the Bible brings out), so we can expect our inseparable relation to God—our oneness with Love—to be made manifest in endless practical and healing ways.
The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, explains: “Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.
“God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 258).
It can be tempting to believe that good outcomes are impossible, or to accept that we could never achieve the good we hope for—but that type of thinking closes the door on the infinite possibilities of Spirit. Once we rid ourselves of these finite, binding, and blinding beliefs, we open the door to a new adventure of spiritual growth. And when we look to the spiritual, we see that God, Spirit, is omnipotent good, and that we reflect this powerful goodness. We can expect to see spiritual good prevail more in our lives as a result.
Christ Jesus shared the immensity of God’s infinite love and showed us how we, too, are related to God. His oneness with God is our cue to recognize our oneness with God. His mission was to open our eyes to the fullness, magnitude, and presence of God as infinite Mind, Soul, and to proclaim that the kingdom of God (harmonious, abundant, and supreme) is within each of us. He said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
To feel at home with infinity is to feel the kingdom of God within.
Jesus understood the ever-availability of God’s eternal and ongoing goodness. Science and Health explains: “Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul” (p. 60). And as our Father-Mother God’s expression—as Her image and likeness—we can expect to see those infinite resources that are most needed to bless humanity. God is abundant Life, and we reflect that bounty and can expect our lives to be satisfying, full, and generous.
A couple experienced the practical impact of this understanding. The income from both their businesses was dwindling, and the pandemic painted a bleak economic future. Regularly praying to understand more of God’s infinite care and guidance, they did not buy into the fearful limited beliefs surrounding the news of the day. They felt inspired to go through their budgets, closets, and belongings to value all that was meeting their needs and to give away what they no longer needed. As they cut back expenses, they were able to increase their giving to individuals and organizations needing immediate help. Soon their income rebounded, and even grew. It seemed that the more they were grateful, the more they were able to give.
Their thoughts turned away from the fear that good could be limited to the clearer understanding that there are infinite ways to engage with and bless their fellow men and women. And in so doing, they were blessed themselves. They proved this statement to be true in their lives: “Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us” (Science and Health, p. 79). Giving more to others and trusting God to supply all good provided a more secure sense of home—a feeling of being at home with God, infinite good.
To feel at home with infinity is to feel the kingdom of God within. There’s an increasing confidence that builds from understanding that good is always possible and right at hand because God is good and everywhere. We are all the infinite manifestation of infinite good, forever at one with God’s goodness. We can rest securely, and be comforted and satisfied, because God is constantly supplying Her children with infinite ideas.
As Eddy writes: “God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment. What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love!” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 307).
God is omnipresent, and because of that we are always at home with God and His infinite blessings.
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