Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. That makes sense, right? Jesus is the one to whom all authority in heaven and earth has been given Matthew Jesus, in all of his supremacy, is also our shepherd — so we know his voice John Therefore, by virtue of his power and grace, because he is the Sovereign and our Savior, when he tells his church to make disciples of all nations, we really want to do that.
If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what that is. It is a follower or a learner. It refers to someone who takes up the ways of someone else. The four Gospels give us the definitive portrait of Jesus in his life on earth, and if we really want to know what it means to be his disciple, the Gospels are likely where we start. Most fundamentally, to follow Jesus means to worship him exclusively. As he told the woman at the well, the Father is seeking true worshipers — not faux worshipers, but true worshipers — those who worship him in spirit and truth John — If we will follow Jesus, we must worship God — through Jesus, because he is our Mediator John ; 1 Timothy , and Jesus himself , because he is God John ; — This is the fundamental perspective of a disciple because it is more ultimate than anything else we are or do, and most distinctive in our context.
As far as ultimate , worshiping Jesus — gladly reflecting back to him the radiance of his worth — is the greatest act for any creature.
The Way of the Disciple
As far as context, nothing will irritate our pluralistic society more than being an exclusive worshiper of Jesus. But that is not the real Jesus. It means, mainly, first and central, to worship him — with joy at the heart. Making disciples of Jesus means gathering his worshipers. But Jesus is a servant. Day after day we need to make them part of our normal life. Too often we approach the gospel like a farmer who places a seed in the ground in the morning and expects corn on the cob by the afternoon.
From the very moment we set foot upon the pathway of discipleship, seen and unseen blessings from God begin to attend us.
Knowing that the seed is good is not enough. Discipleship is a journey. We need the refining lessons of the journey to craft our character and purify our hearts. It is not enough merely to speak of Jesus Christ or proclaim that we are His disciples.
- What Is a Disciple?!
It is not enough to surround ourselves with symbols of our religion. Discipleship is not a spectator sport. We cannot expect to experience the blessings of faith by standing inactive on the sidelines any more than we can experience the benefits of health by sitting on a sofa watching sporting events on television and giving advice to the athletes. Ours is not a secondhand religion. We cannot receive the blessings of the gospel merely by observing the good that others do.
We need to get off the sidelines and practice what we preach. The first step on the path of discipleship begins, luckily enough, in the exact place where we stand! We do not have to prequalify to take that first step. There is no requirement to be educated, eloquent, or intellectual.
We do not have to be perfect or well-spoken or even well-mannered. You and I can walk in the path of discipleship today. Let us be humble; let us pray to our Father in Heaven with all our heart and express our desire to draw close to Him and learn of Him. Have faith. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened. Become an active participant in your ward or branch.
Strengthen your family by committing to live the principles of the gospel. Be of one heart and of one mind in your marriage and in your family. Now is the time to adjust your lives to be able to have a temple recommend and use it. Now is the time to have meaningful family home evenings, to read the word of God, and to speak to our Heavenly Father in earnest prayer. Now is the time to fill our hearts with gratitude for the Restoration of His Church, for living prophets, the Book of Mormon, and the priesthood power that blesses our lives. Now is the time to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, become His disciples, and walk in His way.
There are some who believe that because they have made mistakes, they can no longer fully partake of the blessings of the gospel. How little they understand the purposes of the Lord. One of the great blessings of living the gospel is that it refines us and helps us learn from our mistakes.
Our beloved friend Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin taught us this principle with clarity when he said:. His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities. To those who have left the path of discipleship for whatever reason, I invite you to start where you are and come to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
Walk again in the way of the Lord. I testify that the Lord will bless your life, endow you with knowledge and joy beyond comprehension, and distill upon you the supernal gifts of the Spirit. It is always the right time to walk in His way. It is never too late.
To those who feel inadequate because they have not been members of the Church all their lives, to those who feel that they can never make up for the time they have lost, I testify that the Lord needs your specific abilities, talents, and skills. The Church needs you; we need you.
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Let us remember on this Palm Sunday, during this Easter season, and always that the restored gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has the power to fill any emptiness, heal any wound, and bridge any vale of sorrow. It is the way of hope, faith, and trust in the Lord. This Church is led by a living prophet, authorized by the Lord Jesus Christ to provide direction and guidance to help us face the challenges of our day, as serious as they may be. I bear my solemn witness that Jesus the Christ lives. He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
He is the promised Messiah. He lived a perfect life and atoned for our sins.