However, I can catch the vision that we cannot … should not … get too wrapped up in what redemption does for ourselves. Could I get to the point in my own life that I lived in “reckless abandon” to God … do I want to? The phrase “reckless abandon” could be changed to “uncontrolled forsaking” and yes, that is something I very much want to learn to do. Perhaps it is not the learning that is the issue. Perhaps it is the application of the knowledge that is lacking.
I think we all conceptually know that we are to “let go and let God,” but we have difficulty applying critical thinking to the model and actually taking action on the belief. If we let go of ourselves, without concern for how the Redemption changed us, and only focused on how the Redemption changed others, how different a people would we be? And I wonder if we change the word “redemption” to “atonement” how that changes the perception of our responsibility and our reality.
Ah, that’s it … Atonement is Reality. Nothing else would exist were it not for the Atonement. We don’t exist without it because if there were not One willing to make that great and eternal sacrifice, then there would not be a reason to come to Earth, gain a body, be tried, tested and proved, and return, through the grace of a Savior, to live with our Father. The Plan would have been thwarted from the very beginning.
So, taking that one step further, we don’t need to see what the Atonement does for us as much as we need to see, and be instruments of bringing Christ’s Atonement to others. As we become the workers in the Kingdom … to build it and establish it’s righteous … we can share the knowledge of the Atonement with others. Our greatest responsibility is not to build our own mansion, but to help others find their own … because the Lord has already prepared them for us.
How will I “uncontrollably forsake” myself to the Lord today?