Servant and Service

The term "servant" has been so frequently misunderstood and misused that it has fallen more or less into disrepute; while it must always imply service, if service itself be properly understood, servant then comes into its rightful place of honor with all sense of meniality removed. Because men have often failed so lamentably to recognize what true service means, the belief that a servant must be one who is inferior has been almost universally accepted.

Christian Science in its revelation of Truth reverses all these misconceptions in regard to both servant and service. It starts with true service in whatever form as the most exalted of opportunities. It presents it as the basis of right relationship among men. Upon unselfed service rests the possibility of the successful demonstration of universal brotherhood; for it is only through such unselfishness that true cooperation can be brought about.

The student of Christian Science quickly sees that all service to be valuable must be rendered first of all to God. There must first be the desire and purpose to honor God in all that is done, because each should understand himself, in whatever he undertakes, to be the servant of God. He should know that his entire duty is to have his every thought, word, and deed subservient to the demands of divine Principle. His every thought should reflect Truth and Love, should originate in divine Mind and be used in obedience to Mind. His every word should glorify good, should express the truth, stand for the truth, magnify the truth. His every deed should prove in some degree God's presence, power, and perfection. There can be no doubt that were such service rendered to God, one's duty to one's fellow-man could not fail to be performed in fullest, richest measure.

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July 17, 1926

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