Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What qualifies them for the work?

D&C 4 vs 2-5 says "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
 For behold the field is white already to harvest and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
 And faith, hope, Charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work."

At the medical clinic we see a lot of missionary candidates coming in for their various physical, mental, and emotional evaluations as well as immunization requirements.  These are eligibility papers that must be filled out and signed by a doctor for the forms to be valid.  I read the paperwork the other day for one of the "Missionary candidates", and thought the stated requirements were interesting. It was all relevant stuff, I didn't find them strange or anything to raise an eyebrow about.  It's very similar to a physical exam for any other activity of long duration which can take a toll. 

As I read the various boxes to be checked and signed I realize the need the church has to ensure the mental, emotional, physical, state, as well as immunization records for missionary candidates.  I see why things are done this way.   Can you imagine the problems they'd have if they did it any other way now days?   

What struck me however was what the scriptures say qualifies someone to serve the Lord.  It's a desire to serve God, and the attributes listed above in section 4.  But you can't measure scriptural attributes with a blood test, nor does an MD degree confer the ability to assess the Lord's qualifications for service.  Hence the need of revelation and divine inspiration for a person called to the work.  Not just a medical form, and an area of the world with open slots to fill.  A missionary in the truest sense of the word points to He who is the center of  it all.  Many have been missionaries per say in my life.  Some wore name tags, some did not.  But I thank the Lord for sending true messengers.    

I support missionaries.  I support missions, and I love the Lord and His work.  But being "disqualified" for service does not mean you are disqualified in the truest sense.  

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