Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Mosiah 2:17 -- On Serving God Through Serving Others

"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

Whenever we do anything for anyone else, we are serving God.  His will is always that we help each other and lift each other up.  And it is interesting that knowing this helps us to learn wisdom.  I mean, it is probably pretty wise to do the 2 for 1 deal... help someone, help God... pretty good deal.  But I think that it goes deeper than that.  I mean, this is King Benjamin we are talking about... one of my heroes. :)  And King Benjamin was all about humility.  He is trying to teach us wisdom here, and he significantly uses the word "only" ... hmm.  So, what is he saying? 

I think he's saying that service is good... but that no matter what miraculous service we render to another person, we still are in God's debt.  We have to answer to God, who we can never look in the eye unless he lifts us up to sit on the counter.  :)  We're kids, and sometimes we try to make deals with ourselves, thinking that if we are extra-nice in one area that it will make up for something else, but it all goes back to God.  We eventually have to deal directly with him... you know, talking to him, learning from him.  It's actually not as scary as it sometimes feels... and he does appreciate the service. :)  Let's talk to God today... and ask him what he wants us to do. :)  And then let's go out and serve God by serving and helping and loving others.

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