"There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah"
2 Nephi 2:8 (The Book of Mormon)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

It's All About The Heart

I haven't been able to stop thinking about the story of the rich young ruler since posting on it last week. I have felt impressed that there is more about this anecdote that we need to discuss. I love how the stories in the scriptures have multiple layers and lessons in them. This, however; makes writing short posts on them difficult for me. Focusing in on one lesson when there are so many to choose from requires a lot of prayer and effort on my part. Let's take another look at this interaction. Please feel free to share your thoughts and insights as well:)

When the Savior invited this young man to turn from his great possessions, give them to the poor and come follow him... he was asking him to put his heart where his mouth was. With God... it is all about the heart! On so many levels, this young man got it! He kept the commandments... he recognized the Savior... he knelt in humility at His feet. He was doing so many of the right things... but his inability to receive the Savior's invitation... indicated that he had yet to experience the mighty change of heart.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
3Nephi 13:21

A disciple is a learner of a discipline. As disciples of Christ we strive to learn His discipline, to model and pattern our lives... and in turn our hearts... after His. The very essence of who He is, is Love. It is the great motivator for everything He has ever done or will ever do. Charity is the pure love of Christ. Charity is the ultimate evidence of the converted heart.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1 John 4:7

The person who is solely focused on "doing" the right things, rather than on "becoming" as He is... misses the "weightier matters of the law" and the entire point of this life.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1Corinthians 13:1, 13


In the end, who or what we love is all that will really matter.

But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever and
whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ, that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him...
Moroni 7:47-48


2 comments:

  1. You know, this is really what it is all about. And as always, when I read your posts I can see more clearly where my deficits lie. If we are not willing to love then we are not willing to follow Christ. And we can CHOOSE love. To love and to be loved. To allow ourselves to be loved by the Lord and to feel His love for others, wow. Makes all the difference in the world!

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  2. So Carey- You amaze me. You provided a tender mercy for me because I am preparing my lesson for Relief Society on Sunday and it is on Becoming... I must say that Father in Heaven truly is mindful of us. Last night I was very heavy as I knew that I had not been doing my part in studying and preparing myself for this lesson. I knew what subject I wanted to address but due to the tasks of motherhood and 4 kids now home for summer I wondered where I would find time for inspiration. Last night I stumbled across a talk from Dallin H Oaks Oct 2000 The challenge to become. It was perfect and then adding in a few other things and then some of this that you posted it is now complete. It is true that it is not about the doing but about the becoming. In the final judgement we will receive exactly what we desired to become. Charity is something one becomes. In our family we have talked about Loving more and I am doing wall words that say "LOVE MORE" for our home. Carey- Thank you for sharing your testimony and your conversions with the world and for being an answer to my prayer.

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