By the title, I expected to not like this piece. I was pleasantly surprised.
Hopefully someday others will have gained the common sense and wisdom you spoke
with in your comments. You are very wise and it is uplifting and refreshing to
read your comments.
For the world as it is now--made of different social classes and positions--this
is a great article reminding us to be humble in all situations. On the other
hand, instead of reminding ourselves that we are poor minions, we can also hope
and work to help others move up to first class, even to the extent of building a
fleet of all-first-class planes because we have resources to do that and we
realize that all people deserve such respect and comfort. This reminds me of
Pres. Uchtdorf’s story of the cruise goer who failed to realize his
privileges. Christ promises glory in the Celestial kingdom to worthy people. I
don't think those people have to forever question their worthiness to be
there because they also were once poor telestial minions. If we always remember
to be thankful, share what we have, server others, and help elevate their
spirits and conditions, perhaps we shouldn't have to demean ourselves. The
singular moment in first class could be a reminder of Celestial potential,
inspiring a desire for all to be there rather than placing ourselves back in the
Two great and simple lessons:1) You have graditude for the blessings that are
"above" what you have earned - Grace through the atonement grants us
rich blessings that we have not earned and, 2) The sweet and simple child-like
act of meeting someone new, sitting down and sharing. If in my life I can gain
gratitude for blessings I have not earned - and if I can continue to humbly sit
with new friends, I hope the rest of Gospel-living follows. It really is that
simple, isn't it?
Thank you for an insightful article. The paradox is that Christ is out to set us
apart in the most astonishing way. He wishes to make us, not mere servants in
his kingdom, but kings and queens (Revelations 1:6), joint heirs with him.
Except, as you advocate, an even greater paradox is that the Lord chooses
candidates not from the "blue bloods," but indeed from those of us who
see ourselves as servants, yea, even as "unprofitable servants" (Mosiah
Tiffany, you have written a very thoughtful article that gets one to thinking.
Thank you.A challenge, maybe, But only to do our best, with His
help. As you say "In some ways, we are supposed to set ourselves apart,
otherwise Jesus Christ would not have advocated for organized religion. He
expected Christians to be different, yet he reviled pride and hypocrisy. He sat
with the sinners. He broke bread with the wealthy and the poor. The Pharisees
exhausted themselves trying to figure out his strategy. He had none, except to
let them know that all people were equal in God’s eye.". So why
should we worry about what Blessings set us apart, if we share like Christ with
others -where we can.Being ""set apart" in callings,
meaning we are given an assignment apart from being a member of the
congregation", is being given a job in the Church -And you are right
"This isn't a chance for us to posture authority on others, but an
opportunity to grow, teach and learn from others". So -"Our job as
Christians is to recognize our potential without ever feeling entitled. None of
us deserve that extra cookie." Very True.
RE: Rice Pudding,and has made us to be a “kingdom and priests to serve
his God and Father”—to him be glory and power for ever and ever!
Amen.(Rev 1:6 NIV) The woman of the well. She met Jesus, she
learned about him, and she came to believe in him. Then she went and told other
people about him. The people listening to her also came to believe in Jesus. It
did not matter that she was a woman and a Samaritan. Gender and
nationality(black) were not important. No one was excluded from the Christian
community. Living water VS running water. Jesus is the water that brings life
to the soul. By drinking the living water one can live and never thirst again.
Jesus is that Living Water.
I like this article and how pleasant it was written. I think it came from a
person who cares. What disturbs me is how people seem to lump all people who
receive assistance, into some kind of freeloaders. That is far from the truth!
If people would take the time to know the people, then they would know. It is
not wrong for our government to help those in need! Yes, changes can be made,
but that isn't being talked about. Republicans want to get rid of
everything! You need to study history. Take a look at what happened to people
back then and learn why they had to start some of these programs in the first
place. There is something very wrong when 90% of the wealth is divided among 1%
of the people and that 90% get all of the breaks. Add the numbers up and we
will see who is getting the biggest entitlement because there are those who feel
they don't need the same tax rates. you see it all of the time! Even the
Church gets one of the biggest breaks. What kind of entitlement is that? Please!
Give me a break
I too didn't think I'd like this article based on the title ... I
don't like people presuming what Christ would do or not do. But it was a
great insight and I'm glad I read to the end - that was the best part.
sharrona: Your quoting the New International Bible's (NIV) rendering of
Revelations 1:6 (has made us to be a "kingdom and priests to serve his God
and Father") is interesting. If I'm understanding correctly, according
to the NIV, the King James Bible's (KJB) rendering of Revelations 1:6
appears to be verging on heretical doctrine: that Christ's atonement allows
us to become, not mere servants, but kings and queens. I sympathize. Even so, I could quote verses from Hebrews, Romans and 2 Peter that would
serve to buttress the "kings and queens" doctrine. But since those
quotes would come from the KJB, I would be open to the same challenge made
against Revelations 1:6.That leaves me with the writings of early
Christians. For example, Irenaeus wrote that Christ became "what we are,
that he might bring us to be even what he is himself." Clement of Alexandria
wrote that Christ became man so that we may "learn from man how man may
become God." And Hippolytus wrote that we will become "a co-heir with
Christ."Yes, they could also be discounted from promoting
heretical doctrine. But let it, at least, be food for thought.
RE; Rice Pudding,. (Rev 1:6 NLT He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his
Father… ( Rev 1:6 AB)And formed us into a kingdom (a royal race), priests
to His God and Father….( Peter 1:4KJV) … ye might be
partakers= ( communion) koinōnos of the divine nature…. I believe in
the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints Apostles
creed. Communion with God. Clement of Alexandria ,The Trinity (a)The Unity
of Father, Word, and Spirit,O wonderful mystery! The Father of all things is
one; the Word of all things is one; the Holy Spirit is one and the same
everywhere. Therefore as a Trinitarian,He could not believe he was going to
become part of the Triune God
This was a great article for me! I'm always wondering when I'm acting
"set apart." It's so easy for us to be judgmental of others even
while not realizing we are just the same.
This article was good for me! I'm always wondering when I'm acting