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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What it Means to be a True Disciple of Christ

 

I feel like in today's world we really can't afford to become lukewarm when it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Simply believing isn't enough.  We have to have a sure knowledge of the truth to withstand the storms of this life.  We all start somewhere. 

 A warm campfire is never just immediately a huge blazing fire; it starts small and it continues to burn by adding more and more wood to it.  As we allow the fire to go out the warmth and light of the flames go out with it, and it no longer serves any purpose.  But as wood is continuously added the fire will continue to burn, provide warmth and light up the area where it has been built.  

We all have the light of Christ within us.  When we make the choice to be baptized we are given the gift of the Holy Ghost.  We have a fire within us that just needs to be ignited.  It is up to us to supply that fire with the necessary equipment it needs to burn.  We need to read, study and ponder the words in the scriptures.  We need to read the words of the Prophets and apostles.  We need to constantly speak with our Heavenly Father.  We need to spend quality and uninterrupted time in deep conversation with Him.  We need to understand we are His children.  When we do these things we are better able to continuously have that fire within us burn, and the more we fuel it the more warmth and light it will provide not only to us individually but to all those around us.  

To be a true disciple of Christ means to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.  In a world where most are following the ways of the world we must be brave enough, confident enough and strong enough to choose the Lord's way.  We must understand we are His children, and just as parents want their own children to obey them, we must obey and follow our Heavenly Father.  He is the source of love that everybody seeks but not everybody finds.  Not everybody knows that it is His love that conquers all. 

 As true disciples of Christ we need to be worthy to have His love with us at all times.  Not only will that protect us from the storms of this life, but it will equip us with the ability to be a light to those around us.  His love that burns within us will be able to be felt by those we choose to interact with.  Some will criticize and make fun, but some will feel His love through us, and there is no greater feeling.  They will want it for themselves.  It will be through us that they'll seek for a testimony themselves.  

As we go about our lives we must know for ourselves that we are His children.  We are children of God.  That is our identity.  That should be our foundation.  “I am a child of God.”  When we can fully comprehend the magnitude and power that entails our lives will be richly blessed.  Knowing for a certainty that we are children of God holds a certain power.  It answers the question most see as complex, very simply, “who am I?”  We are children of God.  That will never change.  His love for us will never change.  When we know for certain that's who we are we are given a strength to stand in His light.  We are better suited to walk His path.  We are then able to let others be spiritually uplifted simply by just being around us.  

I know, from personal experience, when we allow our hearts to be opened, when we truly seek and crave that knowledge, and we really want a more meaningful and happier life we will find it.  We will know what needs to be done to find it.  I know it is often through others that we can get our first taste to what His love truly feels like.  Once we feel that love and realize we have the capability and tools we need to draw upon that love every minute of every day our lives will be changed.  Others lives will be changed.  There is no greater feeling than feeling the love that our Heavenly Father has for us. 

To be a true disciple of Christ means to put Him first in all that we do.  It means to live your life in accordance to gospel principles.  It means to allow yourself to be a home where the spirit can dwell and shine.  Don't become of the world.  Don't become ok with walking aimlessly through life.  Walk in His light.  Walk His path.  Stay as close to Him as you can, and don't be ashamed or embarrassed to live differently from the world.  Be proud.  Stand tall.  Walk His path with a skip to your step and a smile on your face.  Let His love guide you and radiate from within you.  

I testify and know that the power of His love can change lives.  I know that His way is the way to true happiness in this life.  I know He is there and He wants to empower us and guide us.  He is showing us the way to have joy and to spread joy.  I know as we come to know Him we will come to know ourselves and we will surely know that it is because of Him that we can have true joy in this life.  


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