Today’s inspiration is drawn from “The Greatest Possession” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, presented during the October 2021 general conference. His profound insights delve into the essence of total commitment to Christ and the pursuit of spiritual wealth.
Elder Holland begins with the story of the rich young ruler from the scriptures, a man who approached Jesus seeking eternal life but was unable to relinquish his material wealth (Mark 10:17-22). This story serves as a parable about the necessity of wholehearted dedication to Christ, beyond mere material possessions.
At the heart of Elder Holland’s message is the call for an all-encompassing commitment to Christ and His gospel. This means surrendering not just our material possessions but our time, talents, and hearts fully to God’s will.
Holland emphasizes that following Christ might require sacrifices that seem as painful as giving up a part of ourselves, akin to the removal of a branch or a tooth. This concept aligns with Matthew 16:25, where Jesus teaches that losing our life for His sake leads to finding it.
Recognizing that personal flaws and past sins can hinder our spiritual journey, Elder Holland reassures us of God’s readiness to forgive. He cites biblical examples like Saul and ancient Israel to illustrate the transformative power of God in making us new creations.
Drawing from a harmonious period in the Book of Mormon, Elder Holland illustrates how divine love can dissolve divisions and create a peaceful, unified society. This unity stems from recognizing each other as children of Christ, transcending all other identities.
The first great commandment, to love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength, is central to Elder Holland’s message. This commandment is the foundation for a life dedicated to following Christ and experiencing His transformative love.
Elder Holland highlights the reciprocal nature of divine love: as we love God wholeheartedly, He loves us back with equal intensity. This mutual love ignites a spiritual and moral power within us, leading to profound changes in our lives and relationships.
Through our devotion to God, we gain the capacity to truly love our neighbors. This love is not superficial but deep and genuine, emanating from our love for God and His love for us.
The post concludes with a call to action, urging readers to embrace the challenges of following Christ, regardless of the cost. This commitment, though demanding, leads to the greatest reward: eternal life and true happiness. Link to the original: The Greatest Possession
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