Service Without Servitude

Everyone is in some sense a servant. Queens and presidents serve their countries as surely as all the other citizens. From the most senior to the youngest, all are in the business of serving—somebody, some ideology, some ideas. Even Christ Jesus, who demonstrated more than anyone else dominion over good and evil, said, "I am among you as he that serveth." Luke 22:27;

Jesus taught his followers that service to others is an essential Christian duty. At the Last Supper he illustrated this point by washing his disciples' feet. There was nothing demeaning in his act. On the contrary, through it he drew the lesson that only through true service is one able to attain the altitude of Christliness that confers dominion, enabling one to feed hungry multitudes, walk on water, and heal the sick.

August 29, 1977

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