I’m still reading Alma 5, from the Book of Mormon. I just love this chapter! There is so much good in it. It’s Alma preaching the importance of not only being hearers of the word, but doers also. He invites everyone to repent of their sins and follow Jesus. The whole chapter is magnificent.
We can’t just say we follow Jesus, we have to actually follow him. Sometimes he leads us through some scary places – great storms of life, or the valley of the shadow of death. Sometimes he leads us by the still waters, and makes our cup overflow with blessings. Sometimes he helps us see the great blessings in the middle of our trials. To follow Jesus Christ is not a discipleship for the lazy. It requires us to be strong and of good courage even when we are weak and weary. Fortunately we can take his yoke upon us. When we do that, he is right next to us the whole time! He will even carry us. But we have to follow where he leads, not try to talk him into following us where we want to lead him. And by “we” and “us”, I mean “I” and “me”.
“Behold, I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you; yea, and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ; and if ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd, to the name by which ye are called, behold, ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd.”