Thursday, January 12, 2017

We should make room for Christ.


"On that night in Bethlehem there was no room for him in the inn, and this was not the only time during the thirty-three years of his sojourn in mortality that there was no room for him. Herod sent soldiers to Bethlehem to slay the children. There was no room for Jesus in the domain of Herod, so his parents took him to Egypt. During his ministry, there were many who made no room for his teachings—no room for the gospel he taught. There was no room for his miracles, for his blessings, no room for the divine truths he spoke, no room for his love or faith. He said to them, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20).

Even in our day, although two thousand years have passed, there are many who say the same thing that was said on that night in Bethlehem. "There is no room, no room" (see Luke 2:7). We make room for the gifts, but sometimes no room is made for the giver. We have room for the commercialism of Christmas and even pleasure-seeking on the Sabbath day, but there are times when there is not room for worship. Our thoughts are filled with other things—there is no room."

Reading Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter Chapter 24: Following the Example of Jesus Christ in Voice Dream https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-of-presidents-of-the-church-howard-w-hunter/chapter-24-following-the-example-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng

Take a moment, to seriously ponder, if you make room for Christ in your heart, in your thoughts, and in your actions, or is this an area, if you're honest, that you can and must do better in?

Alma 5:14-15, 26
14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?

26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?

Let us not let even a single day go by, that we are not striving with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength to make room for Christ and to have his image in our countenances.

Craig

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