Thursday, February 17, 2011


"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.." (Mosiah 2:17)
This is true. I know it is. King Benjamin, in his amazing address to his people, expounded in large part on the Godliness of service. He was their King, but he worked right along side with them. He didn't just sit back and have everything done for him, lavishing in his great riches; rather he worked for what he had, and what he had wasn't just material goods and wealth, but the love, respect, and admiration of his people. He knew the true merit of service, and he passed along this knowledge to his adoring people. "And behold also, if I, whom ye call your king, who has spent his days in your service, and yet has been in the service of God, do merit any thanks from you, O how you ought to thank your heavenly King!" (Mosiah 2:19). King Benjamin realized that any service rendered here was just a model for our devotion to the Lord. He truly understood what service was and the importance of it.
Jesus also expounded on the advantage of service. He taught his disciples, in a way that anyone could understand, that service unto the least of these, your brethren, would be service to Him.
"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:35-40). Come the judgment day, we will be held accountable for what we did in our time of probation. If we live our lives in a service oriented way, as the Lord taught and expects of us, He will recognize that service, and relate it to himself, saying that the kindness you showed towards those around you, you also showed to your Savior. 
May we always look for opportunities to serve those around us. Even the smallest gesture can make a big impact. Service doesn't always have to be labor or volunteer work. A smile, an encouraging word, a kind deed can make the difference in someone's day.

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