Sunday, January 6, 2019

Lasting Impressions from 2018: #1 Our Relationship with Christ

As I was reflecting on 2018, I wanted a record some of the things that left a lasting impression on me, things I have thought about long after I first read or heard them. This one involves something I read in the Church News regarding each individual's potential for a relationship with Christ.

I really liked this simple explanation I read in the Church News one day. It explained that our status and what we are called on to do does not determine how close we can grow to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

"After the Savior’s death and Resurrection, He instructed His disciples for 40 days and then ascended into heaven. Left with a vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—created by the betrayal and death of Judas Iscariot—members of the quorum gathered and petitioned the Lord.
Two men, Matthias and Barsabas, were identified and “the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles” (Acts 1:23–26).
Then and now, “being called as an Apostle is not an accomplishment or achievement,” explained Elder Dale G. Renlund. “It’s not a calling that is earned. Matthias, in Acts chapter one, was selected by God instead of Barsabas. God didn’t tell us why. But the thing we should know is that Barsabas’s testimony honoring the Savior and His Resurrection was equal to that of Matthias.”
Just as Barsabas’s testimony was equal to Matthias’s testimony, every member of the Church is entitled to and can “develop an apostolic-like relationship with the Lord,” said President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles."

Now I think of it often when I think about the kind of relationship I want with the Lord, the kind of relationship I can achieve. It reminds me of this quote from my grandpa:

Dad said he was learning some new things. “Since I have been a patriarch I’ve reached a couple of conclusions…It seems that necessity is the thing that has caused me to increase my spirituality, or in other words, to get closer to my Father in Heaven. I find that there is a closeness available between each of us and his Father in Heaven that I could have utilized to a greater extent in my Church service, than I have. And the other thing that I have found out is that the closer we are to the Lord the more successful we will perform the job that we’ve been given.” (143)

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful and profound thoughts. And I'm so glad you used that quote from my dad's life history. Makes it worth writing it
    ! for people to learn things that they would have to dig through hundred of letters to find.