Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mosiah 16:7-10 -- On Living Forever

"And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.
But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption, and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works whether they be good or whether they be evil—"
Mosiah 16:7-10

Just the fact that we are all going to resurrected is astounding.  There are so many science fiction stories out there about immortality... extending life by centuries or uploading our consciousness into robots.  So many regular stories in fact... the idea of death scares us, and we long for the idea of the fountain of youth.  And here, in the scriptures, we find that it is true and real.  It is after mortality, true... but still, does that make it any less miraculous or desirable?  Christ broke the bands for us, and now all of us, everywhere, good or bad, will be resurrected.  Eternal life.  That is *huge.*
In the last verse it reminds us of the judgement... and in the context of eternal life, I think that perhaps it should take on additional significance to us.  If our lives were only mortality, maybe the whole ignoring consequences thing would work.  ... But with an eternity in front of us, it changes the equation dramatically.  Is how we are living now who we want to be, forever?  If we are ashamed of ourselves or have any self-hatred, are we prepared to feel that way for eternity?  Perhaps we should clear up some things, and solve some of those problems that we keep putting off.
Today, let's work on becoming who we want to be, always.  Our investment is much longer than just this life, but we can't fix things after this life.  We have to take care of it now... so let's do that.  Let's clean up our lives and become better than we have been.  Let's set ourselves up for success in the eternities. :)

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