Saturday, July 16, 2016

Alma 34:31-33 -- On Preparing to Meet God

"Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.
For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed."
Alma 34:31-33

This is a good reminder to not procrastinate.  That whole "night of darkness" sounds kind of scary, but I think it just means that between death and the resurrection, we're going to have spirits but no bodies.  And without bodies, there are so many choices and things to overcome that we won't be able to do anything about.  In this life, we can think "mind over matter" and then make choices in order to make that happen, but in the spirit world, all we can do is think that, and not make physical choices.  We can't overcome addictions there.  We can't get our priorities straight there.  We have to do those things here, where we have spirit and body working together, learning how to make sure that we are managing ourselves wisely, and listening to God. :)

The idea of "preparing to meet God" is a really cool idea.  I think in general it means cleaning up our lives, repenting, doing the things that we know we need to do, and not putting it all off forever... but the actual thought of meeting God in person.  Wow.  Definitely something to be ready for.  And also something that might help us think about things we should do to prepare.  If God was invited over for dinner next week, what would we need to be working on in order to feel ready, or feel comfortable at that meeting?

Today, whatever good things that we keep putting off, let's get up and do them. They aren't going to get easier to do if we wait.  :)  And what a relief when we don't have to keep things in the back of our minds anymore, but can just get them over with and done. :)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Total Pageviews