Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Joseph Smith--Matthew 1:46-48

"And what I say unto one, I say unto all men; watch, therefore, for you know not at what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to have been broken up, but would have been ready.
Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh."
Joseph Smith--Matthew 1:46-48

I've been thinking a lot about consistency lately, mostly because I am bad at it... and these verses seem to fit right in.  As it says in the second verse of the selection, if we could predict when we needed to be prepared, then we might be good at it.  We'd know when to be ready, and have a pretty good chance of pulling it off.  But God doesn't want us to be in a cram-for-the-test-and-barely-pass situation.  He wants us to know the material by living it, and getting to know it in our souls.  The day of judgment isn't going to be some multiple choice test that we can pass by listening halfway on Sunday only.  It's just going to be God looking at who we've become... how we've changed ourselves based on what we believed in, and what good we've done and infused into ourselves.  And to pass THAT test, we can't possibly cram at the last minute, or get anyone else to tell us the answers.  We have to be ready, all the time, to show who we are.  We have to change inside, not superficially.  We have to not only know what to say, but we have to authentically BE the person who believes those things.  ... How are we doing on that?
Today, let's be ready for Christ.  Whether today is the day he comes in his glory to usher in the Millennium, or today, through prayer we feel of his spirit and presence in our lives... let's do what it takes to be able to face him, and be found worthy.

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