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5 Ways to Follow Jesus Christ by Serving

By Mormon.org

No one set a more perfect example of serving others than Jesus Christ. He treated people with kindness, patience, and forgiveness, and He healed those who were sick or hurting. He loved and showed compassion to everyone.

Jesus truly lived a life of selfless service. Here are five ways you too can live a life of service by following Jesus Christ and His example.

1. Serve God by Serving Others

It’s not enough for you to love God. He wants your love, and expressing your love and gratitude to Him through prayer is one way of letting Him know of your love for Him. But another important way is showing your love for Him by serving His children.

In the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 2:17 it says, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” Serving others is one of the best ways to show love both to people in need and to God.

2. Serve with Love

God commanded you to first love Him and to secondly love your neighbors as you love yourself. By following these two great commandments, you’re also following Jesus Christ’s perfect example of not only having love for but also showing love to others—and you can show that love to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone in need.

If you really want to serve someone, and have it be meaningful to the person and to you, then “by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Selfless service isn’t motivated by ambition or a feeling of obligation; it’s motivated by the pure love of Jesus.

3. Serve with All Your Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength

God knows what you say and do but also how you feel about the things you say and do. Jesus served others with love and pure, selfless intent. If you want to stand blameless before God at the Judgment Day, if you want to truly serve God like Jesus did and feel good about your service, then you have to “serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength” (D&C 4:2).

4. Use Your Gifts and Talents to Meet Others’ Needs

You were born with special gifts and talents, and sometimes you and your talents are exactly what someone else needs. You have an obligation to use your gifts and talents and become the person God wants you to become. And there’s no better way to develop your gifts and talents, and gain other talents, than by using them to serve others.

5. Lift Your Neighbor

In most cases, serving your neighbors can be a fairly simple thing, such as taking a family dinner one night or watching a couple’s children while they go on a date. But in some cases, a neighbor requires more than one meal or one night of help.

In the case of Cathy, a woman who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she needed help being put into bed every night. So some of her neighbors and those in her church do exactly what Jesus does for us each day—they lift her. Through this experience, what some at first thought was a burden has turned into a blessing. These men have learned that showing compassion and serving those in need sometimes blesses you more than it blesses those you serve.