Saturday, December 28, 2002

Doctrine and Covenants 64:34

"Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days."
Doctrine and Covenants 64:34

Sometimes I think that I do gospel things without being totally present in mind and heart.  ... almost as though I were doing them under protest. :)  Sort of a "Sure, I'll go to church... but I don't have to like it" attitude. :)
This scripture shows us that not only do we need to go... we need to learn to like it. :)  God doesn't want blind or ignorant obedience, he wants thinking and feeling people who choose to follow him because they've seen both sides and know that God's way is the better one.  He doesn't want us to bow to his will reluctantly or rebelliously... sure, if that's all we can do at first, but eventually, we have to offer him not only our obedience, but also our love, and our agreement. :) 
Walking the straight and narrow path isn't good enough in the long term... we also have to know why we are walking it, and think that it is a pretty neat idea. :)  So, today... let's work on more than just the surface signs of obedience.  We need to involve our minds and our hearts too, so we can come unto God with our whole souls, not just an empty husk of ourselves.

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