On two occasions in the New Testament Jesus gives the same stunning advice; Mark 10:17-18
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.
In Luke 18:18-19 we also read;
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God.
What might we learn from these encounters? What was Jesus the Christ trying to teach us from these few lines of Scripture? In my experience and understanding Jesus of Nazareth is and was the greatest example of anyone who ever could be called good, for He was the only and most perfect example of good that ever or will ever live upon this earth. He said, “ Look to the Father and live, for all things that lead unto Him are that which will exalt us.” The prophet Jacob said in a future day, or in our Quest to see and know the Savior, we will see “things as they really are, and as they really will be.” He is explaining how we should view Jesus, and because of His Character He, who makes seeing things as they really are and really will be possible. It is only through and of Him that we are allowed the process of beginning to see afar off. This added process of seeing as He sees, greatly changes our perspective. We then begin to see things as they really are. This added view is far better sight than seeing things as we hope them to be or want them to be. We then see things through the mind and will of The Father. The more you and I come to understand God and Jesus, the more we want to be like them, to see as They see and this sight causes us to have no other desire but to be with Them. That yearning takes on strength and an intensity that dims other things in comparison. Their character is so marvelous. No wonder the Prophet Joseph said, “ If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.” How can we know who we are if we do not know who They are (The Father and the Son)? How can we understand what our character should if we do not understand Theirs? Elder Maxwell states, “Christ’s character is without flaw. And He is perfect in love and empathy so you and I can trust Him completely. If He was not (without flaw), imagine where we would be?” So was it that Jesus did not want to stand in the path between the Father and us? Even though when we see Christ we also have seen the Father. How often might we get in the way between others and the Father? Not purposely, but do we to often, want them to hear our voice, rather than to clearly without obstruction, Hear The Voice of the Father? Often we might do this with the best of intentions. We might think, ‘if they first hear my voice then they might learn to hear the voice of the Spirit and then in time, better hear the voice of the Lord?’ Jesus taught us the lesson that His voice is the best teacher. Can we lead others to the voice of the Father and trust that He has the power, desire and capacity to break through their temporary deafness and restore to them their capacity to again hear His voice, which will cause them to want to break down all other barriers that we have placed in our way to have this greatest gift of God restored to us in it’s fullness. For it is by and through His voice that we will be saved and called Home. This great blessing is there for our taking. His voice is the most familiar voice we have ever heard resounding in our ears. Our spiritual ears know it well. His voice carries with it great restoring power. It leads us to Exaltation and Eternal life. It restoreth our souls and leads us into all that He hath. “If you sense that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is the Christ, why not do so now? For in the coming day of collective confession, it will mean much less to kneel down when it is no longer possible to stand!” Neal A. Maxwell said “In our daily walk, can we think and act to bring others to His voice, His Goodness and His love. For as we confess and boldly testify of Him to the world so will He confess and testify of Us to the Father”. Then it will come to pass that the Lord will say those words, He once would not allow to be said of “ Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:21
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