Series 1 - Lesson 3 - Annotation 15

Series 1 - Lesson 3 - Annotation 15

What has faithfulness to do with demonstrating prosperity?

15. Faithfulness has a great deal to do with demonstrating prosperity, for by its very nature faith "perceives" the good that man desires to demonstrate (show forth in his outer life), and it keeps him on the goal toward its attainment. Faithfulness to the ideal of prosperity prevents one from becoming "double-minded," as James points out: "But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting . . . let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord; a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways" (James 1:6, 7). Only that which is faithfully done is well done and is Godlike. Whatever the work we have to do, we must make it an expression of the highest of ourselves. Our work must stand for the highest ideal we have of it, and we must make it a manifestation of our love for the perfect. "Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over manv things" (Matt. 25:21).

Man is the instrument through which godly ideals are expressed, and work is the process used to manifest them. Man should perform all services with love, faithfulness, and gratitude that he is able to do the work. Even if a person does not enjoy his work, he should be faithful in doing what he has to do. As he sees in his work an opportunity to use his divine resources, one of two things can occur: either he will come to enjoy what he is doing, or, if there is a better channel where he can serve, he will be moved into it harmoniously as long as he does his very best where he presently finds himself.

The fact that a person devotes himself faithfully to just and right purposes releases him from struggle and dissatisfaction, and he enters into amazing activity. He who works in accordance with divine principles is always joyously busy. He knows that he is really accomplishing something, for he realizes that he is about his Father's business.

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Preceding Entry: Why does the apparent source of income sometimes stand in the way of one's receiving a bountiful supply?
Following Entry: What is the true object of all work?