When ye are in the service of your fellowman, ye are only in the service of your God. Mosiah 2:17
Giving service requires selflessness. We cannot serve another without giving up something that rightfully belongs to us. Our time, our energy and our material wealth are ours to keep or to share. However, the first commandment, to Love God with all our hearts, is tied to the second commandment to love our neighbor. We cannot really love God without gaining an understanding of the importance of helping our fellow beings.
There are so many ways to serve in this life. The most obvious is helping in our homes to make them a better place for our families. Then we can reach out to our friends and communities. Sometimes service requires physical labor and other times we just need to be still and provide a listening ear or a prayer.
Jesus was the best example of loving others and giving needed service. Part of that service was the message that he gave to his disciples and then left for us to follow. When Peter met the lame man at the entrance of the temple, he had no money to put in the man’s cup. He said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee.” He then blessed the man that he might have the ability to walk. Like Peter, we may not have everything we would like to give, but we have something to give.
Heber J. Grant said, “The true key to happiness in life is to labor for the happiness of others. I pity the selfish man who has never experienced the joy which comes to those who receive the thanks and gratitude of the people whom they may have aided in the struggle of life. It is a God-given law that in proportion to the service we give, in proportion to what we do in this Church and out of it—what we are willing to sacrifice for the Church and for those to whom we owe our loyalty outside of Church activity– we shall grow in the grace of God and in the love of God, and we shall grow in accomplishing the purposes of our being placed here on the earth.”