You may believe in Christ, but do you believe Christ? When we put our trust in him, he makes us more than we ever thought we could be.
Have you ever been afraid you were going to drown? Have you ever panicked as you struggled for breath and fought to stay above water?
Sin can make us feel like we are drowning. The expectation of perfection can seem too high to reach. It’s true that by ourselves, we can’t attain perfection. However, Christ promises us that through his Atonement we can become perfect, as he is.
While serving as a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, Stephen E. Robinson shed light on this promise in a BYU devotional.
“I have learned there are many that believe Jesus is the Son of God and that he is the Savior of the World, but that he cannot save them,” Robinson says. “. . . To have faith in his identity is only half the process. To have faith in his ability, in his power to cleanse and to save, that is the other half.”
Robinson likens our relationship with Christ to a business merger. “We have liabilities, he has assets,” Robinson says. “He proposes to us a covenant relationship. . . . I become one with Christ, and as partners we work together for my salvation and my exaltation. My liabilities and his assets flow into each other. . . . The two of us together are perfect.”
Jesus Christ loves us individually, and he wants to help us learn to swim. When we stop trying to be perfect on our own and instead rely on him, his perfection makes up for our inadequacies.
Read Stephen E. Robinson’s full article, “Believing Christ: A Practical Approach to the Atonement.”
Source: BYU Speeches
—Amber Dalton, Mormon Insights
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