Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mosiah 4:16-19 -- On Beggars

"And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?"
Mosiah 4:16-19

These are some powerful verses, and I think something valuable for us to remember.  We are all beggars.  We want to be in control, and we try to convince ourselves we are... but then when we run into things that we don't understand and we can't do anything about, that is when we turn to God because we're scared.  And, even when we only turn to him in our extremities, he still hears us and helps us.  In these verses, he is asking us to help other people in their extremities: to be instruments in his hands to bless the lives of those in need.
Today, let's remember that God gives us so much.  Maybe we can share a little. :)  And in doing so, we help and lift each other, and become better as a community, not just as individuals.  Let's bless the world, and turn it into a better place.

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