"He that serveth"

The founder of Christianity lifted serving to a high level of dignity. Christ Jesus heard his disciples quarreling about who among them should be considered the greatest, and he rebuked them, saying (Luke 22:27), "Whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth." On another occasion he said to them (Matt. 20:27), "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant." By these simple words, Jesus established the Christian ideal of greatness through service.

Mary Baker Eddy, who obeyed the Master as none other has since his presence on earth, served mankind by revealing the Science of being and proving the power of Christ, thus pointing the way to the spiritual realm of the real. She says in "The First Church of Christ. Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 165): "Of two things fate cannot rob us; namely, of choosing the best, and of helping others thus to choose. But in doing this the Master became the servant. The grand must stoop to the menial." She goes on to say, "The best help the worst; the righteous suffer for the unrighteous; and by this spirit man lives and thrives, and by it God governs."

Serving—helping—implies unselfed action, and by unselfed action one obeys the will of God, conforming in a measure to the Father's image, which one really is, according to Scriptural revelation. The spiritual and real selfhood of anyone is blessed by the Father, who creates it, for the Father is divine Love, and Love blesses infinitely everything it makes.

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The Law in the Home
September 5, 1964

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