Our Savior gave Himself completely in unselfish service. And He taught that we should do the same: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).
It is not an easy task to follow our Savior and lose ourselves in service. It is especially difficult when we face trials and adversity each day. Our challenges, our work, our world—they all distract us, and push us to focus on ourselves. Like you, I work long days, six days a week. Our children get sick. Our roof can leak. However, when we make a covenant to be a true disciple of Christ and to become more like Him, we cannot expect the path to be easy. It was not easy for Him.
I’ve found that as I repent each day, and try to do as He asks, I receive strength beyond my own. And then I can better serve others as He would. I remember how He washed the feet of his disciples—feet that were hot, sweaty, and soiled. He did not wash their hands or face, but their feet! He taught: “If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all” (Mark 9:35).
Do we have the desire to give? Are we willing to lose ourselves in unselfish service to the Lord and to others? He promises that is the way we will find ourselves, and gain our “eternal inheritance” with Him again (see Colossians 3:23-24).
I know that we have a Father in Heaven. I testify that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son. He came to earth, born of Mary, and He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). He fed the hungry, clothed the naked, healed the sick and afflicted, and performed many other miracles. He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and upon the cross as He atoned for all our sins and suffering.
We invite all to follow Him in selfless service. As we do, we will become peacemakers and healers on His covenant path.