“All religion is of life; and the life of religion is to do good.” - Doctrine of Life §1
Kempton New Church

Day 2: February 25


And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to Him, saying, Teacher, we will that Thou should do for us whatever we ask. And He said to them, What do you will that I should do for you? And they said to Him, Give unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in Thy glory. But Jesus said to them, You know not what you ask. Can you drink the cup which I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they say to Him, We can. But Jesus said to them, You shall indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism that I am baptized with, you shall be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left hand is not Mine to give, but for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard, they began to be indignant with James and John. But Jesus calling them to Him, says to them, You know that they who are thought to rule the nations exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever wills to be great among you shall be your minister; and whoever of you wills to be the first shall be the servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give His soul a ransom for many. (Mark 10:35-45)

In all His combats of temptations the Lord never fought from the love of self, or for Himself, but for all in the universe, consequently, not that He might become the greatest in heaven, for this is contrary to the Divine Love, and scarcely even that He might be the least; but only that all others might become something, and be saved. (Arcana Coelestia 1812:2)


When we start to follow the Lord, we can easily fall into thinking that we are more worthy than others. The Lord showed us an example of serving. Are you following the Lord for merit or from a love of serving what is good and true?

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