Sunday, December 25, 2005

3 Nephi 5:2-3

"And they knew that it must be expedient that Christ had come, because of the many signs which had been given, according to the words of the prophets; and because of the things which had come to pass already they knew that it must needs be that all things should come to pass according to that which had been spoken.
Therefore they did forsake all their sins, and their abominations, and their whoredoms, and did serve God with all diligence day and night."
3 Nephi 5:2-3

This is an interesting alternate perspective on the Christmas story… from the Nephites’ point of view. They had many signs to show them that Christ had been born, although they didn’t see him in person until years later.   What is interesting to me is that because of this (note the “therefore” in the second verse), they forsook their sins and served God “with all diligence.”  They knew Christ had come, and they did something about it.   Perhaps the Nephites’ perspective is similar to ours.   We didn’t witness the birth of Christ either… it happened in a far away land among another group of people.  And yet, it matters… it matters so much that we should forsake our sins and serve God with all diligence.  Not just a little diligence, mind you. ALL diligence. :)  …I think that means no slacking.
Today, let’s think about how much Christ matters in our lives… what impact the knowledge of Christ has had on each of us.  And after we think about that, and realize that we owe him all that we have and are… let’s do something about it.

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