Every so often, I will encounter an idea that makes in incredible difference in the way I view myself and view others. I had almost forgotten this gem, but looking back through notes of blog ideas past turned it up. I’m glad, because it was time for a refresher.
Almost a year ago, a talk called Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence – By Elder Jörg Klebingat was given during the October General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I immediately latched onto the idea, because I have lived with a sense of not being good enough most of my life. How I have longed for the sense that I can approach God with confidence, rather than being unsure that He’s o.k. with me bothering him. I think many people I know have the same desire, and often feel as hopeless as I have felt.
Elder Klebingat gave six checkpoints that we can use to evaluate whether we should be able to stand before Heavenly Father with confidence:
- Spiritual confidence increases when you take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being by applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ daily.
- Spiritual confidence increases when your spirit, with the help of the Savior, is truly in charge of your natural man or woman.
- Spiritual confidence increases when you are truly striving, for the right reasons, to live a consecrated life in spite of your imperfections!
- Spiritual confidence increases when you voluntarily and joyfully repent of sins, both small and great, in real time by applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
- Spiritual confidence increases when you know that the Lord knows that you bear no ill feelings toward another soul.
- Spiritual confidence increases when you accept that “often trials and tribulations are allowed to come into [your life] because of what [you] are doing right” (Glenn L. Pace, “Crying with the Saints” [Brigham Young University devotional, Dec. 13, 1987], 2;speeches.byu.edu).
It was fun to read back through the checkpoints, because even though I quickly spotted areas where I need work, I saw a lot of growth, even from the time that this walk was first given.
When Alma taught the gospel to the Lamanites, a king declared that he would give anything — even give all of his sins away — to know a God that would offer total salvation and eternal improvement. The question I (and that I suspect we all) face everyday is — will I give my all to know God?