“Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.” (Mormon 9:27)
This verse, lately, has become a favorite. It’s invitation is distilling upon me every day. Two things strike me about this that are so powerful.
1. We are to begin our search of the Lord by coming to him with all of our hearts. This is the first step. We have to make a decision to go all in. ALL OF OUR HEARTS.
If we don’t decide to go all in our life becomes a long belated process of slowly choosing if we will serve God or Mammon. We are luke warm. But, if we decide to go all in with all of our hearts we receive the next invitation:
2. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
The meaning of this is becoming clearer to me. I am starting to understand that becoming born again is nothing to be trifled with. And it requires a wrestle. An encounter with the divine and your own nothingness. It requires you to face the stark reality of his greatness and your unworthiness. And to call upon him for the great work of redemption to be wrought in your heart and spirit. This is not slow. This is not a casual, imperceptible experience. This is facing the reality of your fallen nature and Christ’s power to save you. This is about having the revelation of what fruits of repentance must be brought forth in order to receive the witness of your redemption.