Conference Questions – Our Potential Part 5

(To view the previous posts for this question, start here: Our Potential Part 1)

We are the spiritual offspring of God, and as such, we can become like Him. God is omnipresent or present everywhere in spirit. In 2 Corinthians 6:16 we read, “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Our bodies are temples, made by God for us, to house our spirits. All people are born with the ability to receive inspiration from the spirit of God. If we make and keep the necessary covenants with God, we can be given the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which allows us to be able to have the spirit of God with us at all times. God, as our loving Father, makes himself available to us whenever we are ready to receive Him. There are so many times in life, when I wish I could be in different places at the same time, each for good reasons. I think that to show we are striving for our potential to be like God and have the power to be wherever we may be needed at any time, we need to show that we can manage our time and energy wisely. Asking ourselves if we are doing the best things with our time, is the key to becoming aware of this. There was a talk given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, entitled “Good, Better, Best”, in which he explains the need to prioritize even just the good things in our lives, to learn what are the best things for us to do with out time and energy. In that talk, Elder Oaks starts by saying the following:

We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives.

When we really take a look at ourselves and seek for our true potential, sometimes the good is just not enough. Elder Oaks goes on to say the following:

The First Presidency has called on parents “to devote their best efforts to the teaching and rearing of their children in gospel principles. … The home is the basis of a righteous life, and no other instrumentality can take its place … in … this God-given responsibility.” The First Presidency has declared that “however worthy and appropriate other demands or activities may be, they must not be permitted to displace the divinely-appointed duties that only parents and families can adequately perform.”

Part of seeking for the way to do the best, is to really know what sources will help us to know the best things we can be doing. Following the counsel of God’s appointed leaders for us, and moreover, following the personal inspiration of God through His Spirit, will let us know what the best things are that we can do now and ways in which we can become more like God.

We have the potential to become holy, even as God is holy. In Leviticus 19:2 we are taught the righteous standard of God. “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.” We cannot be striving towards our potential, if we are not striving to be holy. In the Bible Dictionary it describes holiness in the following way:

. . . things or places were holy that were set apart for a sacred purpose; . . . Similarly a holy person meant one who held a sacred office. The Israelites were a holy people because they stood in a special relationship to Jehovah. Under the guidance of the Prophets it was seen that what distinguished Jehovah from the gods of the heathen was his personal character. The word holy therefore came to refer to moral character . . . in the writings of the Prophets it is clearly laid down that the value of worship in the eyes of God depends upon the personal character of the worshipper.

We can become holy as individuals, when we use all that we have been given (such as our minds, bodies, and talents) for sacred purposes. 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear [or reverence] of God.” Turing our will to Gods and doing the things that He expects of us, will sanctify us and holiness will be the result.

(Coming tomorrow: Conference Questions – Our Potential Part 6)

To view other questions in this series, go here: Conference Questions


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