Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TO DO LIST


DID JESUS HAVE A TO DO LIST?
I have many, so many I could probably write a small self help book, if only I could find those "to do" lists. I have a really good list that tends to "float" around, landing sometimes in my purse/wallet so as to remind me to buy healthy treats instead of junk food. The last time I found the list stuck between some pages of a book that would help me to be more organized. The funny thing about this list is that I have had it for almost 3 years and it has about 4-5 bullet points and only 1 "do" is crossed off.

Jesus had a to do list, and he gave it to Isaiah so that he would find it when he needed it.
Isaiah 61:1-2
1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
Luke 4:16-21
16 So He (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18 “ The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor;He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captives,and recovery of sight to the blind,to set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.
Jesus outlined his entire mission, it's start,its cumulation with his death and resurrection and his return in those scripture. He had a 3 year plan, that at the end he would be able to cross off every item.But wait,was it just the crossing off of the "do's" that made His plan/list successful. Here is wisdom, that I found:In the Revelation to John in Patmos, the Savior is reiterating that list, the plan, the promises. He is affirming that what he said he would do. 
Revelation 21:4-5
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
The words of the Lord are true and faithful. Wow. Each responsibility was a promise, and those promises were meant to be kept and performed with success. A light bulb went off for me. What is the "to do" list that the Savior left for us to do? What is our mission in this life filled with the every dayness of life?
Mosiah 18:7-9
7And it came to pass after many days there were a goodly number gathered together at the place of Mormon, to hear the words of Alma. Yea, all were gathered together that believed on his word, to hear him. And he did teach them, and did preach unto them repentance, and redemption, and faith on the Lord.

8And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
We are now responsible for that "list". The desire to "wipe tears from the eyes of those who mourn, give comfort to those in need, to lift up the heavy arms is now our "To Do List".But maybe the title should be "Promises to Keep and a Life to Live " list.If I look at what is required as how I will live my life and what I can do for my brothers and sisters in Christ, then my perspective will shift. Self improvement is important, but more so, our eternal progression requires that the words we speak and and write and the subsequent actions taken be true and faithful.

So here is a new list:
1. Be a better Visiting Teacher, not only to my assigned sisters, but also to my own Visiting Teacher.
2. Magnify my calling as a Primary Teacher. Love those little ones as if they were my own. Help them to build their testimonies of Jesus Christ.
3. Serve,serve,serve
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