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"All Things Must Be Done in Order," Mosiah 4:24-30

Mosiah 4:24-30

In these verse, King Benjamin has a few more words to say in regards to caring for the poor. These words however are curious in that he is addressing those who are poor (in material goods) and how they ought to approach charitable giving. He concludes that group of verses by say that "all things should be done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man run faster than he has strength." He goes on to say that diligence is required, concluding that "all things must be done in order." (verse 27)

At the end of the chapter, King Benjamin makes an impassioned plea to avoid sin in all its forms. The responsibility is ultimately individual. "Watch yourselves." The footnote leads to Deuteronomy 4:9(6-9), wherein Moses is reminding the children of Israel the distinct advantage that they have over all other nations. He asks them, "For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?"(Duet 4:7). His concluding argument in recognizing the blessings and companionship of the Lord is that each must "take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life,"(Duet 4:9).

The gospel of Christ, when fully understood, causes us to be a self-regulating people.  This morning as I study the scripture, there is a desire within me to be more careful in my thoughts, actions, and behaviors. This is because I have taken the time to remember the blessings that are upon me. It is partly a desire to express gratitude. It is partly a sense of duty.

The greatest blessing of discipleship can only be had by choosing to believe, choosing to live and so be that I am in harmony with God's Holy Spirit. These are the perks, privileges, benefits and blessings of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. It makes no sense to only go half way in these endeavors, because the full blessings of Christian discipleship are what we really seek.


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