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The other day while reading in the New Testament I came across the following passage:
…thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Luke 4:8)
I was intrigued by the proximity of the words “serve” and “worship” to each other. So, I did a search for the two words in the scripture, and came up with several results that similarly place the two words closely together, thus indicating some sort of relation between the two.
So what is that relation? Does one determine the ability to do the other? In other words, does my level of service indicate how I truly am worshipping? Or does the reverse hold true?
For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart? (Mosiah 5:13)
The above verse indicates that in order to know God (and I would argue, to worship Him as well) you must serve Him. This says, to me at least, that serving and worshipping are intertwined. Using the law of association we are able to deduce the following.
- To worship God, we must serve Him. (Luke 4:8)
- To serve Him, we must serve our fellow man (Mosiah 2:17)
- So, to truly worship God, we must serve our fellow man.
Therefore, the truest form of worship of our Heavenly Father is by serving one another. The church is doing a pretty good job, but are we? Perhaps one way to tell is by pondering the following quote by Boyd K. Packer:
“The spirit of service does not come by assignment. It is a feeling that accompanies a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Called to Serve, Ensign, Nov 1997