Monday, January 11, 2016

D&C 50:43 -- On Oneness and Inasmuch

"And the Father and I are one. I am in the Father and the Father in me; and inasmuch as ye have received me, ye are in me and I in you."
Doctrine and Covenants 50:43

This is a great verse, telling us that the more we learn about, and get to know, and welcome Christ into our lives, the more that we are one with him in the same way that he is one with the Father.  That's pretty incredible, and something to strive for.  It doesn't mean that we have to be exactly the same as Christ in some robotic, Stepford Wives way.  It just means that we become more in tune, on the same page... understanding and getting to know each other like we might know our best friends, siblings, and spouses.  If we know them well enough, we know what they like, and even what they would say in certain circumstances, right?  As we get to know God that well, we'll know so much better what he would do or say, which is pretty amazing, and it can help us guide our lives a little better. :)
The other thing I really love about this verse is the word "inasmuch."  I just did a search and there are so many verses with this word in them, and all of them are telling us listen... you do a little and you will get a little, and do a lot, and you will get a lot.  There are immediate rewards for even the smallest efforts, which help us as we receive that feedback and work on that principle more.  If you have time today, look up inasmuch in the scriptures, and see some of the other things that work just as much as we work on them, and scale up with our effort.  I think it is a big principle with God, and it's how he rewards even our smallest glimmers of faith. :)  Today, let's jump in and work on our relationship with God, and on our faith, and on keeping the commandments, and on on generosity, and on every other "inasmuch" we're interested in.  Let's watch and even write down the results so that we remember.  As we try, even a little bit, God will bless us a little bit, and the better we get at it, the better things will get in that specific area.  For this verse, if we take it all the way, we'll really be in contact with God all the time, just like Christ was always in contact with the Father while he was in his ministry.  Super cool stuff.  Not something we have to get overwhelmed with either, but something that matches our effort, every time. I love the idea of inasmuch, and being able to see a return on every investment we make in the gospel.  A little for a little, and a lot for a lot. :)

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