In understanding God as the Source, there is nothing that we are spending–not strength, years, wisdom, substance, or life-force–because it is not ours to begin with. It is all pouring through us as we call upon it from an infinite Source.
Had we been taught from the beginning the lesson that the Master has so plainly given us of our true relationship to God–that it is not our life that is being lived but God’s life; it is not our strength that is being used, but His strength; it is not our understanding or supply that is infinite but His; and that we are but the instruments through which God pours His life forth to glorify Himself–we would long ago have realized that it is our function to live, not as ailing, aging human beings, but as the image and likeness of God, drawing upon God for our daily wisdom, strength, and supply.
So, whatever we show forth in the way of spiritual harmony, let us take no credit for it, but realize that through us God is showing forth His handiwork, God is glorifying Himself as our form, as our wisdom, and as our grace.
– Joel S. Goldsmith, “I Say Unto You”
(chapter on the Sermon on the Mount)
The Thunder of Silence, 1961
You will know them by their fruits.
The Bible, Revised Standard Version
The father replied, ‘My dear son, you have been with me all the time and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and show our joy. For this is your brother; I thought he was dead—and he’s alive. I thought he was lost—and he is found!’
Luke 15: 31-32
From the parable of the prodigal son.
– J. B. Phillips, translator
The New Testament in Modern English
Revised Student Edition, 1972