Thursday, January 28, 2010

Alma - Chapter 9

 28 Therefore, prepare ye the way of the Lord, for the time is at hand that all men shall reap a reward of their works, according to that which they have been—if they have been righteous they shall reap the salvation of their souls, according to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ; and if they have been evil they shall reap the damnation of their souls, according to the power and captivation of the devil. 
I love the relationship of works and being.  Normally, we want to associate works with doing.  Certainly doing is important.  President Kimball used to say do it.  Then President Hinckley took the notion further challenging us to be it.  It seems to me that we will be judged for what we've become, rather than for what we've done.  The Doctrine and Covenants tells us that at the judgment God will look upon what Jesus has done, rather than what we've done.  That is because our only hope lies in being united with Him in a covenant that relies upon His merits and mercy, rather than our own.  From that point I see our doing as an expression of gratitude for allowing us to be perfected in Him.

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