Friday, June 17, 2011
Do Or Do Not
"Do or do not. There is no try." How does that apply to the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Christ taught us in Matthew 7:21 that:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
The Apostle John taught us that "...this is love, that we walk after his commandments (2 John 1:6)." Christ pleaded with us that "If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15)." We show our love to Christ by acting upon that which he has taught us. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a Gospel of action, not trying to act.
So what commandments must we keep and do in order to follow Christ? We need to read the scriptures, keep the sabbath day holy, love our neighbors, pay our tithing, keep the law of chastity, pray often, and many other things which Christ and His prophets have taught us both anciently and modernly. When we are baptized, one of the promises we make to God is to "keep [Christ's] commandments which he hath given [us]... (Moroni 4:3)".
I'm grateful for God's promises to us as we do the things which he has commanded us. I know that keeping the commandments works, and that they are given to us for our benefit. So.....
Just do it!