Saturday, September 12, 2009

Jacob 1

19 And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood might not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood would come upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at the last day.

Those who are called by the Lord to serve and to teach need to take on the responsibility to be diligent. Results, as reflected in the lives of those we serve, are not mentioned. We accept responsibility for others only insomuch as we do not do everything we can to share the truth with them.

I heard someone express frustration that they worked really hard to help someone only to have the person reject the gospel and go a different way. That choice belongs to everyone, and nothing we do can determine what others will do. Our call is to testify. The choice to hear the word of God through the scriptures, through living prophets, and through other witnesses like us remains with each individual.

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