Monday, June 14, 2010

Come unto me as a LITTLE CHILD

Photo taken of a father and son in the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem.
"Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive,
for of such is the kingdom of God."
3 Nephi 9:22.
This photo shows a father with his infant son on his lap. This little child is completely dependent on his father for his every need. Symbolic of the relationship that we need to have with our Heavenly Father.
The above scripture was given AFTER the destruction of many people and cities for their wickedness, but BEFORE Christ appeared to them in the land Bountiful. . Christ tells the people to Repent. and Come unto Him a little child. What does that mean to come unto Christ as a little child? In one of the best sermons given, King Benjamin described becoming as a child with the following: submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

This is so contrary to what Christ teaches, the world teaches us ...

Instead of being submissive, the world teaches us to be assertive.
Instead of being meek, the world teaches us to be strong.
Instead of being humble, the world teaches us to be proud.
Instead of being full of love, the world teaches us to be competitive, with the desire to be better than others.
Instead of being willing to submit, the world teaches us to be agressive, independent, and in control.

To submit means to yield ourself to the power of another; to give up resistance.
The thought occured to me, if we are successful, independent, strong, rich, etc... why would we every need a Savior. Do we sometimes think we have acheived these things ourselves? Do we forget the Lord?

Maybe that is why the Savior says.. REPENT.
Will this same pattern happen to us in our day... will we choose to repent? or will we be compelled to repent?

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