Day 22 | Blessed Are Ye
September 24, 2015 - WEEK FOUR
Henrik Olrik, Sankt Matthaeus Kirke Copenhagen altarpiece, (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- Why must we be reconciled to our brother or sister before we can come unto Christ with “full purpose of heart”?
- How can conversion (and re-conversion) to Christ bring newness to your life?
- What does it mean to be meek?
”Blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me,” he said, “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (3 Ne. 12:3)….
In my own life I feel the greatest humility when, as King Benjamin taught, I recognize that a lifetime of praise and service to God would leave me still an unprofitable servant (Mosiah 2:20–21). Every faculty I possess—my ability to think and move, even the very air I breathe—is a gift to me from God. If I were to devote every moment of my life exclusively to his service, I would not be giving to God anything that was not already his.
One Christmas, my Cub Scout son needed two dollars to make me a present. On Christmas morning, he was so excited about it that in spite of the many brightly wrapped packages with his name on them, he insisted I open his present first. It was a pencil holder for my office—made from a jar covered with brightly colored macaroni. The two dollars bought pencils and erasers. I was pleased with his innocence and love. He then eagerly turned to his own presents.
In comparison with the bounteous gifts the Father bestows upon us—life, the Atonement, the gospel, prophets, scriptures, temples—our gifts to him are like jars covered with macaroni. It’s the best we can do, and he accepts our efforts with pleasure. The realization of the difference between us and Him produces deep humility and blessedness (S. Michael Wilcox, “The Beatitudes—Pathway to Our Savior,” Ensign, January 1991, 18–23).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- What kinds of things did Jesus say we must do to be happy?
- Have you ever had someone follow your good example?