Thursday, August 4, 2011

Standing Idle

I remember back in high school running on the cross country team. One thing that was drilled into my head over and over from coach Holt was, if you find your self comfortable in races, your not pushing yourself hard enough. You need to make a move, bring on the pain just a little bit more to achieve greatness. How does this relate to the gospel... well... I often think of being a member of the true church of Christ much like a race. Lets first read from........
2 Nehpi 31:19-20
19. And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay......20. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

Now, as Nephi counsels us once we are baptized and receive the gift of the holy ghost is everything okay... are we done... can we just say "okay ive been baptized, im saved.".... Or from a runners perspective.... Your in the middle of the marathon and you think "Ive done my training, and eaten right, got plenty of rest, I think Im all taken care of to win this whole race now." NAY. We must endure to the end. Push our selfs.
We must always be making those moves in races to push our selfs to the best time possible. We must also be making those moves to make us progress closer to our father in heaven. Scripture study, church attendance, magnifying our church callings and priesthood duties are all ways we can make those moves to further our progression.
I know that this is Christ's true church on the earth. Now lets get out there and win the race.