Tuesday, October 21, 2014

And glorify your Father who is in heaven

3 Nephi 12:14-16

Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the light of this people. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Behold, do men light a candle and put it under a bushel? Nay, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house; Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

You can't pass along something you haven't received. Christ "gives unto you" first.  If your candle is lit by the fire of the Holy Spirit you can hold up His light.  "And glorify your father who is in heaven".  The alternative is setting yourself up as a light, which is priest-craft.  How can someone point to and glorify someone he/she does not know?  Hence we are invited to become his sons and daughters,"begotten" of Him (D&C 93:22).  Then we can let light shine in a way that will glorify our father which is in heaven.

For others to see your actions or behavior and give credit not to you, but to your father who is in heaven what would you need to do?  What would you necessarily need to avoid so people don't miss the mark and glorify someone else?

When acts of kindness or service are done completely anonymously, the recipient (not knowing the giver) is more inclined to attribute the goodness to God.  Look in your own life, when something totally unexpected happened, something very kind happened, and you have no idea who could have possibly done such a thing, the mind tends to turn to God. Hence Christ's teaching: "Let not your left hand know what your right hand doeth".  

If letting your light shine in a way that glorify's your Father in heaven was your intent, how many monuments would you want built to your memory? Policy changes attributed to you?  How many buildings would you want named after you on campuses?  How may statues would you want carved of your image and likeness and put on display for men to admire?

How different this teaching by Christ is from the mindset of popular belief, and even present day religion.  I personally think Moroni is not happy about being on top of the temples.       

Good works that you do, but which cause men to glorify God! What a deep thought.  It's what Christ would have us all do.       

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