Becoming a True Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

27 01 2009

 

After promising His true disciples the blessings of the earth, the Lord said:

 “And they shall also be crowned with blessings from above, yea, and with com­mandments not a few, and with revelations in their time—they that are faithful and diligent before me” (D&C 59:4, emphasis added).

The scriptures contain the written law and the commandments; obedience to these commandments brings us personal happiness and saves us from misery and the negative consequences associated with sin.  But obedience to the commandments only meets the baseline standards for Heaven, there is much more to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.  The Lord Himself has given us each this charge, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect” (Mat. 5:48).  The quest for perfection will obviously not be obtained in this life, but the journey begins when you personally commit to live the baseline standards, or the commandments, and it continues as you heed the personalized promptings that the Spirit will give you to help you become perfect and more Christ like.

Disciples of Christ

Receiving and heading these personalized commandments is what makes a Disciple a true Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The windows of Heaven are Open; the light of Christ and the Spirit minister unto man to lead them back to God.  Once baptized and you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, the sensitivity to these promptings is heighten and the influence of the Spirit in your life is magnified, with the sole purpose to guide us down the paths of righteousness that will lead us back to God.  The path towards becoming perfect does not happen with leaps and bounds, but happens a step at a time; this is in large part the purpose of the Spirit, to help us down the path of righteousness and toward perfection.

My life has been changed because of this very principle.  Through my years in high school and the few that followed thereafter, I lived in wickedness and openly rebelled against the thing in which I had been taught.  I had told my parents that I had no intension of ever serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints like they had anticipated me doing, which brought them great disappointment.  But through the ministry of the Holy Ghost, I received small tugs to make minor changes in my lifestyle that eventually had an exponential effect on me.  These tugs were small and slight; for example, I stopped spending as much time with the friends that had a negative influence on me.   These tugs later turned into encouragements to pray, a desire to read the scriptures, a desire to repent of my sins, and later, a desire to serve a mission.  If it were not for these small personalized commandments and promptings, I would have never had the life changing experience of serving the Lord and later meet my wife and get sealed in the Temple by the Priesthood of God.   If it were not for these personalized commandments, I would have continued in the life of misery that I was leading and would not have ever experienced the joy that is in my life today!  I know that God lives and that He loves us.  Through His Holy Spirit, He will lead us down the path of Discipleship.

The path of Discipleship does not end with living the commandments, it continues onto perfection.  The Spirit and influence of God will be ther, if you listen, to continually guide you to be more like our Savior.  Chirt is our ultimate examplar and the purpose of life is to follow Him and become more like Him, that we may be better suited for Heaven.

“…Christ also suffered for us, leaving an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

“For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:5)

What is God telling you to do to draw nearer unto Him?  How could you change the way you live your life so that you can be more sensitive to the promptings and influences of the Spirit of God and not the influences of the world?