Many individuals are given opportunities for service other than that into which their own personal interest enters. Opportunities for service to the cause are given to many Christian Scientists. The particular requirement may seem insignificant and the service of little moment; or it may be something that calls for much of our time, the setting aside of our own plans, or the rearranging of affairs to enable us to take up the duties which the call involves. The performance of these may bring to us a sense of pleasure, or they may seem arduous. The service may even be a humble one, and the performance of it seem unworthy of our sense of dignity; or it may be one which confers a mark of distinction. It may be a difficult task, as was Peter's when the Master requested him to tarry and watch, for we read that his eyes were heavy, so that he slept while the Master wrestled alone.

The Master's work requires many kinds of service. Of Peter and James and John, he asked that they watch one hour. Of one is asked participation in the varied activities in the field; of another, the best thought in the handling of large problems. Of one, the carrying of bundles; of another, the accounting of finances. Of one, the teaching of a class; of another, the giving of a cup of cold water in the spoken word, or other ministration.

Do we avail ourselves of the opportunities to render service lovingly? Do we put aside selfishness for the cause of Christ, Truth? Sometimes we hear one say, "I am not capable;" yet this one never entertains a doubt of the ability of another who may be asked to perform the same service. Is not this a guise under which selfishness is masked? Again, we hear the argument that we have already borne a share of the burden; it is now time for some one else. Of such it may be asked, Does it never occur to you that your opportunity to serve will not be always? Others will follow you, and they will take up the burden in turn. Like the spokes in the wheel, it becomes your turn now and then to bear up; but as the wheel moves on, another and another takes the place, and you are borne by them.

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July 11, 1914

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