Service to Man is Service to God
The purpose of God is to create and sustain. Thus those who sustain human beings, those who are in the service of man are really in the service of God. It is often said that worship of God can be done through service of mankind. Many great men laid their lives to serve man. They actually served god.
Abraham Lincoln served the cause of Negroes. He abolished slavery and made them free. It was a divine task.
Jesus laid in the service of man, so did Buddha. St Joan of Arc served the people of her nation and was burnt at the stake.
The service to Man is considered to be at par with the service to God. Service to society is called social service. A social worker always ties to do some good to people.
A general man is social being. He has some duties to society. A social worker is selfless. His considers social service as a service to the God. He does not need any reward for his service. He never likes to take advantage of it. Mahatma Gandhi also says, ‘What the vast mass of mankind does for self or at best for family, a social servant does for general good’.
We can serve our society in various ways. Our society faces a number of problems. We must try to solve as many of them as possible. India lives in villages. Illiteracy of both men and women is a serious problem here. Most of the villagers do not know what happens in the world. Farmers have no knowledge of scientific methods of farmers. To educate the villagers is to educate India. To make the villagers literate and educated is a great social service.
There is another kind of service. Our villagers do not know even the simple rules of hygiene. Many of them live at dirty places. They also suffer from diseases. A large family is another fruit of ignorance. The health of mother is ruined. So a social worker must teach the villagers how to live well.
Sometimes our country men suffer at the time of famine floods and fire. These things make their life miserable. Any help to those suffering people will be a valuable social service. At the same time, we must try to make villages life worth living.
A social worker tries to bring peace and goodwill to society. Social service develops in people a sense of fellow feeling and co-operation. It tries to maintain order in society.
Thus social service should be made compulsory subject in school and colleges. It is must in a country like India.
God actually loves those who love his creation and serve society. Abu Ben Adam did not list his name in the list of those who love God for he had no time to worship. The next night he was told by the Angel that God loved him the most as he loved and served his creation.
Only can find people serving the creation not only in legends. There are people serving the tribal and downtrodden India.
In serving human beings and society they actually serve God. Let us hope that the number of such people increases so that the work of God may be shared by man.