Faith is like a muscle. Use it or lose it. If you exercise your faith it grows stronger.
To be a good cook it takes more than a cookbook. One can read a cookbook from cover to cover and will not become a good cook until they practice what they read.
One can read the scriptures from cover to cover, but not be a Christian until they live what is in the scriptures.
How does one explain what salt tastes like to one who has never tasted it? How does one explain how they know Jesus is the son of God to one who doesn't know? How does one explain how they know the Bible and Book of Mormon are the word of God to one who does not know?
The teacher related the story from the Bible and also showed a short video about the Last Supper, Garden of Gethsemane, the Crucifixion, and the resurrection.
Chapter 14 of the Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball
“Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before Me”
From the manual, "Whatever thing a man sets his heart and his trust in most is his god; and if his god doesn’t also happen to be the true and living God of Israel, that man is laboring in idolatry. " Another way to look at it might be, anything that we are willing to do rather than server God is an idol. For example:
- Sleeping in rather than going to our church meetings.
- Things that make us late for church.
- Things that keep us from keeping the Sabbath day holy.
- Things that keep us from doing our home teaching.
- Things that keep us from paying our tithing.
We have all heard or witnessed the phenomenon where when a talk is being given or a scripture is being read that we immediately think that so and so needs to listen to this. I am also starting to recognize another phenomenon where we recognize it is talking to us and we joke about it, but have no intention of doing anything about it to change. Football seems to be one of those topics that fall into this category. It is like people feel that is something that won't matter in the long run in spite of the fact that it breaks at least two of the basic ten commandments.
Exodus 20:3 - 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:8 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
What happened with you this week at church?