We do not need to prove worthy of our Savior’s rescue. Why? Because it’s impossible.
Good morning! Getting through this first week of Book of Mormon/12 Step scripture exercises takes perseverance! It is returning and tuning my heart and mind to the exact truths I need to remember in order to lift me out of the sorrow that I cannot pretend away.
Step One, Day 4 of scripture capturing leading into Principle One in He Did Deliver Me from Bondage. (p. 14)
Mosiah 2:21 — I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.
This morning, as I sat and waited for the Lord to lead my thoughts on this verse and how it applies to my life right now, these words came into my mind: “Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16). Then came the words of testimony from the Spirit of Truth to my mind that left me in awesome wonder of His Word:
Colleen, notice it does not say “Let us come worthily unto the throne of grace.”
With those words, I saw in the eyes of my understanding that THAT is exactly why I must stop judging myself for feeling so not brave as I face my current situation. I cannot in my mortal frailty prove worthy to cry out to the Lord–to come to Him and pour out my heart. Instead, I must come BOLDLY, casting all thought of worthiness aside.
We do not need to prove worthy of our Savior’s rescue. Why? Because it’s impossible. If we put off coming to Him until we feel worthy–we’ll never come. We must put our trust in His righteousness, not our own.
It takes such “boldness” in the form of abject humility (depths of humility) to come to the Lord just as we are. No longer postponing our coming until we deem ourselves worthy, presentable.
As I reread all of King Benjamin’s sermon, I realized that he was actually trying to convince his people of their need to admit their own unworthiness (inability to repay God for His goodness to them.) He even began by admitting his own:
I have not commanded you to come up hither that ye should fear me, or that ye should think that I of myself am more than a mortal man. But I am like as yourselves, subject to all manner of infirmities in body and mind . . . (Mosiah 2:10 – 11.)
I once heard a wonderful Christian song that says that when Christ bought us with His own sacrifice, He paid for us “as is.” In other words, with all our infirmities of body and mind.
Prayerful though: Father, I thank Thee for reminding me this morning that I do not have to put on a brave face before I come to Thee and my dear Jesus with my staggering inability to avoid the sorrow that wells up so often these days. I pray that I may remember my Savior’s offer of atonement and come boldly into Thy arms, trusting in Thy infinite goodness .