Service

On page 40 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes, "It is said that the phrase divine service has come so generally to mean public worship instead of daily deeds." Does not the mention of "daily deeds" remind us that our Master was ever about his Father's business, doing good? The Scriptures teach that we should serve God day and night, and in harmony with this injunction Christian Science affirms that one need not grow weary in well doing, since man is never separated from the ever active yet restful Mind.

For service to be efficient there must be a desire to know the will of God and a readiness to do that will with implicit obedience. Understanding is essential, for "if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch," and the great necessity is to get right views of God, to know Him as divine Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. In Weymouth's translation of the New Testament, I Pet. v. 5 is rendered, "All of you must gird yourselves with humility toward one another," and the footnote refers to girding "as with the apron of one who waits upon others." This recalls the washing of the disciples' feet by Jesus, an action indicating the self-immolation of him who was ever ready to render service to his fellow men, thus fulfilling the law of love.

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