Original post: 1/8/2014 5:11:52 PM
Verse 11: And again I say unto you as I have said before,
that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God
or if ye have known of His goodness and have tasted of His love,
and have received a remission of your sins,
which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls,
even so I would that ye should remember, and
always retain in remembrance,
the greatness of God,
and your own nothingness,
and His goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures,
and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility,
calling on the name of the Lord daily,
and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come,
which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
Verse 12: And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this
ye shall always rejoice, and
be filled with the love of God, and
always retain a remission of your sins; and
ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of Him that created you, or
in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
Again, the reminder, that we as people are less than the dust of the earth except for what God gives us. He gives us so much so that we can have joy and help each other during our earth life.
Verse 13: And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render to every man according to that which is his due.
Verse 14: And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked, neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.
Verse 15: But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness;
ye will teach them to love one another,
and to serve one another.
Here are some of the ways that we follow Christ. Here is our directive for living and for governing in our families. Teach with love for each to serve one another and to walk in the ways of truth and soberness. How profound. What a different world this would be if this was the structure of every home throughout the world.
Verse 16: And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
Verse 17: Perhaps thou shat say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor import unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishment are just
Verse 18: But I say unto, O Man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
Jesus taught us to love and serve one another. Here King Benjamin teaches us specific ways that each of us is responsible to do this as we seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
He teaches that as disciples we will succor [literally “to run to, or run to support; hence, to help or relieve when in difficulty, want, or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; aid, help, assistance; particularly, assistance that relieves and delivers from difficulty, want or distress.” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Webster 1828)] each other.
It is our individual responsibility, as disciples of Jesus Christ, to run to the support and to help or relieve when others are in difficulty, want or distress. King Benjamin teaches that we will administer [to contribute; to bring aid or supplies to (Webster 1828)] of our substance unto him that standeth in need. That we will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to us in vain, and turn him out to perish.
These directives are clear as to our personal responsibility to help others. We cannot excuse ourselves because we think someone brought his misery on himself. In fact, king Benjamin says that we need to repent (or change) from that kind of attitude or we will perish forever and have “no interest” in the kingdom of God.
Personally, I would like to have great interest in God’s kingdom and so one of my responsibilities to enable this is to help all those that stand in need of my succor. This is a big responsibility and obviously an important one to my standing with God.
Verse 19: For behold, are we not all beggars? do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
Verse 20: and behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on His name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has He suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; He has poured out His Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
Verse 21: And now, if God who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
So here we are given the eternal perspective: we are all beggars before God because we all depend upon Him for everything we have to eat and wear and spend as well as for forgiveness of our sins, receiving His Spirit and being filled with joy so great that we can’t speak. So because God grants us our lives, all that we have and are, and gives us what we ask in faith that is right, then we ought to impart of what He gives us to each other.
In other words, God isn’t giving us what we have because we are better than anyone else or because He wants us to have more than others. He gives us what we have because He loves us and wants us to share it with others. He wants us to learn to be selfless (like He is) and not selfish, which is often human tendency.
As I think on this, I think of the humanitarian efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is an example of giving of what the members have to anyone around the world who is in need of succor. When there is a disaster, the Church runs to the aid of the people impacted to relieve them both immediately and to put in plans so they have help over time seeking to help restore their independence.
It changes my perspective on what my needs are and how I manage my resources. What I have is not just for me but is a gift or stewardship given by God to me so that I might bless those around me. This is big. It’ll take some thought to absorb it. Truly it is what Jesus Christ did with His very life. To have an interest in His kingdom, I must do it also.
May we each desire and develop great interest in God’s kingdom.