When The Flesh Is Weak But The Spirit Is Willing


A number of years ago I was invited to visit with my Bishop. I received a call from the executive secretary several days beforehand asking for the appointment. When I hung up the phone, I knew instantly what the Bishop was going to request. It was something I did not want to do as it was no easy task.

I pondered the impending request by my Bishop. As I sat across from him that day and he asked if I would be willing to serve, a hymn suddenly came to mind.

The flesh was weak; my blood ran chill,
But my free spirit cried, “I will!”

Indeed, my flesh was yelling out to say no, but out of my mouth came the words, “I will.”

Many of us have had this kind of experience while serving in the church. We are asked to do things that are hard and that sometimes are uncomfortable for us to handle. Yet, the words:

Then in a moment to my view
The stranger started from disguise.
The tokens in his hands I knew;
The Savior stood before mine eyes.
He spake, and my poor name he named,
“Of me thou hast not been ashamed.
These deeds shall thy memorial be;
Fear not, thou didst them unto me.”
( A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, no. 29)

When we serve anyone, in any capacity, we are truly serving Him, our master. May we muster the courage to say “I will,” when called upon and may we have the faith to know that when we are in the service of our fellowmen, we are only in the service of our God. (Mosiah 2:17)

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