Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Omni 1:25-26 -- On Total Commitment

"And it came to pass that I began to be old; and, having no seed, and knowing king Benjamin to be a just man before the Lord, wherefore, I shall deliver up these plates unto him, exhorting all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel, and believe in prophesying, and in revelations, and in the ministering of angels, and in the gift of speaking with tongues, and in the gift of interpreting languages, and in all things which are good; for there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord; and that which is evil cometh from the devil.
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 1:25-26

I like how he encourages us to come unto God and believe in so many things that are hard for us sometimes... and why?  Because they are good.  I like the idea of everything Good coming from God and everything evil coming from someplace else.  It makes things so clear, like taking a windshield wiper to the conscience.  Oh... yes, now I see. :)

I also like the second verse where, we get all good things from God, and in return, we offer what?  Our whole souls.  And continue fasting and praying and endure to the end... but the bit about our SOULS.  Seems big. :)  And I think both of these concepts are huge for us to really grasp in a real, tangible way.  God is the source of *everything* good.  *Everything* good in our lives... even that.  Yeah, that's God.  And our commitment to him?  Our need for him?  Yeah, that's everything that we are... down to soul level.  The core of our existence.  

So often in our lives we think we can get by with going through the motions or partial commitment or belief with a few reservations.  And those are all good ways to *begin* ... but none of them will sustain us unless we become fully, completely converted... no reservations, no partial commitment.  And in return, as if there were any comparison, we get... EVERYTHING good.  Eternal life, joy, rest, peace, eternal progression as we learn everything God has to teach us.  Eternal families, eternal friendships.

Today, let's do as Omni suggests, and come unto God with everything that we are.

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