Sunday, October 16

Jacob 2:18-19

In a world filled with and centered around "things," I have always been taught that "the most important things in life, aren't things."In fact in my house, that saying is displayed boldly in our kitchen. It is complicated to balance the information the media is screaming at you with the subtle reminders and promptings from the still small voice, yet we are asked to do it. To be in the world but not of the world. "How," you say, "can this possibly be achieved?" In my study today in Jacob I think I found the answer as I learned a bit about this concept. This concept of the chasm that exists between our lifestyle and the norms of the world. President Monson describes it best:

"Where once the standards of the Church and the standards of society were mostly compatible, now there is a wide chasm between us, and it’s growing ever wider."

We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We are disciples of Christ - representatives of Him and His church. We must do as Jacob says and seek first for the Kingdom of God.

18 But abefore ye seek for briches, seek ye for the ckingdom of God.
 19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to ado good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.

In verse 19, we see a powerful promise of deliverance and blessings. After we obtain a hope in Christ, we shall obtain whatever else we seek. We will obtain riches and resources, with which we can serve and make a difference. When we put the Savior first, everything else will fall into place. I have witnessed this in my life time and time again, and am currently enjoying the blessings that come from putting the Lord at the center of my life. In an unstable and ever changing world, let the Lord be your anchor, your constant. He wants nothing more than your happiness and success. Trust in His goodness. He will never fail you.

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