We are all travelers on the road to wholeness. We are all moving, forward or backward, learning who we are and what we want to become. To achieve wholeness is to overcome the “natural man” and to fulfill our greatest potential.
The road to wholeness is traveled one step at a time. Each step, no matter how small, is progress. Even better, the road to wholeness is a road we travel with a companion… Christ. As we all travel the road to wholeness and become more aware of our traveling companion, we become absorbed in love and service. We become disciples.
Let’s break down one of my favorite verse, Mosiah 3:19.
“For the natural man…”
King Benjamin puts our journey in spiritual perspective. We are natural. What we feel and experience is all part of our journey. We have not been changed and enlivened and empowered by the power of God. We have not yet, become whole.
“… is an enemy to God,”
We may not be consciously fighting against God, but until we have had “a mighty change of heart,” we are not truly “with God.” God cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance (D&C 1:31). We live in a fallen world. We all make mistakes. The question is, how can we get out of our desperate situation? How can we move forward on the road to wholeness?
“… and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever,”
Ouch! When you look at it that way, this life seems so hopeless! It implies that we will always be enemies to God. It implies that we will always remain sinners, that we will continue to indulge in behaviors that do not serve us nor him as we journey through this life.
“… UNLESS he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit,”
Phew! Praise the Lord for that “unless!” There is a way! God sends a lifeline. He send the holy Ghost as a helper and a messenger. More importantly, He send a Savior – THE helper and messenger. The Savior and the Holy ghost are not indifferent bystanders and observers. They entice. They invite us to Christ! They plead. They urge.
Our responsibility? We must yield! To yield means to surrender or relinquish control; to submit to another. We must acknowledge our dependence on the Savior and our own helplessness. We must yield to whispering of the Spirit.
“… and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint…”
sigh… Boy, would I love to put off the ornery, natural man and become a saint. I often feel like my efforts are not paying off. I try. I really do. However, most days I find my self asking, “Lord how is it done?” (Enos 1:7). The answer? “Faith in Christ” (Enos 1:8).
“… through the atonement of Christ the Lord,”
Ah! The sweet power of the Atonement of Christ. This is the central power of the great Plan of Happiness! “For why not speak of the atonement of Christ! (Jacob 4:12). That brings me to my second favorite scripture, “we talk of Christ,… we rejoice in Christ,… we preach of Christ… we prophesy of Christ… and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source [to] look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26).
“… and becometh as a child,”
Childlike behavior does not come easily. Child-ish behavior does! Willfulness, stubbornness, those are more natural.
“… 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.”
Each step we take on the road to wholeness fills us with the power to move forward. We are not declaring ourselves as powerless. We are covenanting to be His. As we draw on the power of Christ in our lives, we will feel powerful.
The way to travel the road to wholeness is one step… one step at a time, hand in hand, turning our hearts, minds, and lives over to Christ.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! (John 14:6)
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