17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
As King Benjamin addresses his people at the end of his reign, he emphasizes how he has served them as their king. He has not taken advantage of his position to live extravagantly. He has kept taxes low and has worked alongside his people. He has also taught them to live righteously. He has done everything in his power to ensure that nothing came upon them “which was grievous to be borne” (verse 14). Then, he teaches an important principle: when we serve each other, we are serving God.
When the Savior was asked to identify the most important commandment, He listed two: love God and love your neighbor. In this passage, just as in Matthew 25:34-40
, we learn the second commandment is inseparable from the first. We show our love for God by loving and serving each other.
Today, I will serve the people within my sphere of influence. I will remember that I can demonstrate my love for God by the way I treat His children.