Friday, December 19, 2014

3 Nephi 28

When we seek a blessing of the Lord, let us be humble in our seeking and allow Him to bless us as He sees fit rather than as we see fit.  Often, the blessing the Lord has in mind for us is even greater than the blessing we seek.  In chapter 28 we see a good example of this.  Before leaving His followers in Bountiful, the Savior offered his 12 disciples a blessing of their choosing.  Three of them simply desired to “bring the souls of men unto [Him], while the world shall stand” (v. 9).  Notice that their desire wasn't self-serving.  It was a desire to serve others.  Christ not only blessed them that they would each live long enough to do as they asked, He blessed them with the greater blessing He wished to bestow: “ye shall never taste of death….but when I come in my glory ye shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality; and then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of my Father.  And again, ye shall not have pain while ye shall dwell in the flesh, neither sorrow save it be for the sins of the world” (verses 7 – 9).  If we are worthy, we will be blessed.  If we are humble and allow the Lord to bless us as we see fit, we will be more blessed.  If we seek to serve others instead of ourselves, we will be more greatly blessed.
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