Drink of my water and eat of my bread. I am the way, the truth, and the life.
I am the law and the light. Look unto me and ye shall live. My, what a clear and resonant call! What certainty and example in a day of uncertainty and absence of example. Let us follow the Son of God in all ways and in all walks of life. Let us make him our exemplar and our guide. We must follow Christ, in the best sense of that word. Those who follow Christ seek to follow his example.
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His suffering on behalf of our sins, shortcomings, sorrows, and sicknesses should motivate us to similarly reach out in charity and compassion to those around us. It is important to be appreciated. But our focus should be on righteousness, not recognition; on service, not status. The faithful visiting teacher, who quietly goes about her work month after month, is just as important to the work of the Lord as those who occupy what some see as more prominent positions in the Church.
Visibility does not equate to value. We cannot stand forever between two opinions.
Our personal salvation depends on our answer to that question and our commitment to that answer. Many, many witnesses can give an identical answer by the same power, and I join with them in humble gratitude. Our challenge is to answer correctly and live accordingly before it is everlastingly too late. Since Jesus is indeed the Christ, what must we do?
This call is not irrelevant, unrealistic, or impossible. To follow an individual means to watch him or listen to him closely; to accept his authority, to take him as a leader, and to obey him; to support and advocate his ideas; and to take him as a model. Each of us can accept this challenge. Righteousness must start in our own individual lives. It must be incorporated into family living. Religion must be part of our living. The gospel of Jesus Christ must become the motivating influence in all that we do. There must be more striving within in order to follow the great example set by the Savior if we are to become more like him.
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This becomes our great challenge. If we can pattern our life after the Master, and take his teachings and example as the supreme pattern for our own, we will not find it difficult to be consistent and loyal in every walk of life, for we will be committed to a single, sacred standard of conduct and belief. Whether at home or in the marketplace, whether at school or long after school is behind us, whether we are acting totally alone or in concert with a host of other people, our course will be clear and our standards will be obvious.
On that night in Bethlehem there was no room for him in the inn, and this was not the only time during the thirty-three years of his sojourn in mortality that there was no room for him. Herod sent soldiers to Bethlehem to slay the children. There was no room for Jesus in the domain of Herod, so his parents took him to Egypt.
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There was no room for his miracles, for his blessings, no room for the divine truths he spoke, no room for his love or faith. Even in our day, although two thousand years have passed, there are many who say the same thing that was said on that night in Bethlehem. We make room for the gifts, but sometimes no room is made for the giver. We have room for the commercialism of Christmas and even pleasure-seeking on the Sabbath day, but there are times when there is not room for worship.
Truly we should hold him up as our guide and exemplar. If men would follow his example, it would be a world of peace and love toward all men. It is to see that our individual lives reflect in word and deed the gospel as taught by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. All that we do and say should be patterned after the example of the one sinless person to walk the earth, even the Lord Jesus Christ.
Review the many ways the Savior has set the example for us, as outlined in section 1.
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What can we learn from His example during the last part of His mortal life? How can we teach this principle in our families? What can the teachings in section 3 help us understand about following Jesus Christ?
How can we make our religion more a part of our daily living? How can we make more room for the Savior in our lives? How have you been blessed as you have made more room for Him? Provide hymnbooks for each person.
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