This week's blog post is written to all of those who feel inadequate or discouraged- which is all of us at some point.
The miracle of Christ's atoning sacrifice is that because He is perfect - and He paid the price - we don't have to be. That doesn't eliminate our personal responsibility. But it means that when we covenant with Him at baptism, and we truly give our lives to Him, Christ is able to take away the demand for perfect performance and require instead our best effort. Justice demands that no unclean thing can dwell in God's presence- but Christ is able to make us clean if we let Him.
I like this talk by Brad Wilcox all about God's grace and His love.
Because of Christ it doesn't matter what you've done. It doesn't mater how bad you think you are right now. It isn't possible for you to be insignificant to God. Believe me, and the Spirit, when we tell you in unison that you are of value to Christ. That He dies to save you because you are worth that sacrifice in His eyes. It doesn't matter if you have never held a calling or achieved success in this life that you felt was significant. It doesn't mater what you or anyone else thinks of you or if anyone notices you. God knows you perfectly and your efforts are enough.
Be a small and simple means in God's hands. Trust him with the effort that you can put forth. Be content with improvement. Know that the Lord has enough goodness to fill you with happiness and to make you strong. When we give our hearts to Christ we replace our strength with His.
There is nothing we can face today that the Lord and I can't handle. I see more and more on my mission that I am not enough but my best effort matters to God.
Be strong. Have courage. You are a small and simple means that can bring about great things if you trust Christ and give all of your effort to Him. (Alma 37) You can't save yourself or accomplish a great work alone. But you can do all things through Christ. (Philippians 4) Through you He can do great things and you can have the privilege of participating in His great work.
Sister Caroline Faulkner