When Paul grasped the concept and meaning of God’s plan of salvation, when he realized that the name of Jesus was the only “name given under heaven … whereby man can be saved” (2 Ne. “O ye that embark in the service of God,” said the Lord, “see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.”. They were determined to go back to their father without the plates. Nephi accomplished his mission because he was thoroughly dedicated and committed. Jesus and the writers of the Bible ask many times that we make a commitment and we bind ourselves to Him. “Dad, What Do You Want to Talk About?”, Winners of the 1983 Writing, Music, and Art Contests, To Any Who Have Watched for a Son’s Returning. My plea is for us to make our decisions and act upon them, and the myriad of others which confront us, in light of the plan of salvation. Now just a few thoughts about the necessity to make a total commitment—to be fully dedicated. This we do only as we are called. It would be well for each of us to follow the pattern Jesus set by precept and example. Is it necessary to take the sacrament with one’s right hand? Should I include my church activities and assignments on my resume? Henceforth, I am not to act, in any respect, as my own. 25:20), all his former learning sank, by comparison, into insignificance. ), And again, the Lord said, “Verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you should … obtain knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms, of laws of God and man, and all this for the salvation of Zion.” (D&C 93:53.). If you click on the scripture reference you will go to that scripture at 'Bible Gateway' where you can read it in the translation or language you want to. Let us offer ourselves, the possession most precious to God, and most fitting. Psalm 31:5(NKJV), But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. Psalm 37:5(NKJV), That God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. When they came to Jerusalem, the responsibility to get the records fell upon Laman. Devotion or faithfulness to some cause or person. A large selection of scriptures from God's word on Commitment for personal edification or for bible study. Proverbs 16:3(NKJV), But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses. Is there a message from the quorum leader or bishop to the household head concerning commitment and dedication? To return to the index page of 'In God's Word', click on the 'back' button below. Making a commitment, is making a promise, a vow, a pledge and an obligation, binding oneself. In this last dispensation, the Lord has taught the importance of complete dedication (or commitment) to his service, and strict obedience to his commandments, as emphatically as he did during his earthly ministry. The word COMMITMENT has a much deeper meaning in the New Testament.§ In the life of Jesus we can understand the depth of the meaning of the word COMMITMENT.§ "To commit; delivering or entrusting something to a person, to give over"§ Jesus lived a committed life. All of us should likewise be so committed that each of us in our individual capacities will measure up to the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He assumed the worse that He might give us the better; He became poor that we through His poverty might be rich; He took upon Himself the form of a servant that we might receive back our liberty; He came down that we might be exalted; He was tempted that we might conquer; He was dishonored that He might glorify us; He died that He might save us; He ascended that He might draw to Himself us, who were lying low in the fall of sin. There would be no Sabbath-breaker to open a business. 1 Corinthians 8:8(NKJV). ), The Lord also said that “the glory of God is intelligence” (D&C 93:36) and, said the Prophet Joseph, “Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. …, “If a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” (D&C 130:18–19. Nephi and Zoram Return with the Record, by C. C. A. Christensen, Christ Calling Peter and Andrew, by James Taylor Harwood, Alma Baptizes in the Waters of Mormon, by Arnold Friberg. He was so converted that he then and there made a total commitment to carry the gospel message to his fellowmen. But if it is bad in your eyes to serve Yahweh, choose for yourselves today whom you want to serve, whether it is the gods that your ancestors served beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve Yahweh.”, And he said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’, No domestic slave is able to serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and will despise the other. Our commitments are sustained by the fact that the Lord has told us to “study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people.” (D&C 90:15.) The sons of Mosiah were committed to learning about the things of God. Later, when Nephi began to build a ship and sorrowed at his brothers’ opposition, they thought he was discouraged. You are not able to serve God and money.”. Through studying the scriptures, we should know what the Lord has revealed through his prophets concerning the plan of salvation. 3. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. There are no people today who have made stronger commitments to learning than have the Latter-day Saints. Romans 3:25(NKJV), But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But he responded with the great statement, “If [the Lord] had commanded me to do all things I could do them.” (1 Ne. The most effective way to get on course and to stay on course is to do as Jesus did: make a total commitment to do the will of his Father. Would this discussion be better after a pre-visit chat with the head of the house? Let us give all, offer all, to Him who gave Himself a ransom and a reconciliation for us. Even after an angel appeared and corrected them, they still persisted (see 1 Ne. There would be no need for a Sunday-closing law in a society converted to the plan of salvation. The bottom line is that those who cannot make that kind of commitment cannot be His disciple. Regardless of the nature of our daily occupations, we must understand and keep the spirit of and comply with the plan of salvation. There is nothing under the heavens of so much importance to you or to me. There would be no liquor controversy. Let us recognize our dignity. 1. When his father asked his older brothers to go up to Jerusalem to get the brass plates which contained their genealogy, they whined and whimpered. They, said Mormon, “waxed strong in the knowledge of truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God. This he did, not only to learn the will of his Father, but also to obtain the strength to do his Father’s will. Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us. Relate your personal feelings and experiences about commitment and dedication to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without it, all else fails. Let us know the power of the mystery, and for what Christ died. 1983, 3. In considering the subject of commitment and dedication, I have thought of the many great characters in the Bible and Book of Mormon, the dedicated Saints in the early days of the Church, and also the founding fathers of our great country—all valiant and courageous people who were committed to lofty and noble causes. He actually resigned as chief judge, the executive head of the national government, “that he himself might go forth among [them] … to stir them up in remembrance of their duty, and that he might pull down, by the word of God, all the pride and craftiness and all the contentions which were among his people, seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them.” (Alma 4:19.).