Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Omni 1:26

"And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption.  Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."
Omni 1:26

Sometimes we think that we can't be saved.  That we haven't done enough... that we aren't good enough.  That what God asks is beyond our abilities.  And it is.  But we forget that God makes up for our imperfections... that he fills in the blank space between what we are and what we should be.  That he blesses us with ability and strength to accomplish whatever he asks in this life.  This doesn't mean that we can stop trying and God will automatically make everything perfect.  We'll still be eternally who we've learned to be on Earth.  But it does mean that if we give what we have, it will be enough.  In this verse Amaleki tells us to offer our whole souls to God.  And reading that can be overwhelming too... we have to give up our souls?  But it's actually just what I've been saying.  If we give everything we have, God makes up the difference.  And we aren't selling our souls and becoming scary evil automatons... we're basically laying down our wills to God and telling him that we know he is wiser than we are, and that we know that living by what he asks us to do will be better for us than living the way we often prefer over him.  Which we already know... which is everywhere else in the gospel. :)  I guess we could look at it another way too.  What would we give for eternal salvation?  Anything?  Everything?  If so, then let's live up to that.  Today, let's tell God that we're willing to do his will and let go of our own.  And let's remember to have hope.  Salvation is still possible for us all, no matter where we are right now.

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