Altar Your Will
The Lord desires all that we are willing to give Him. He desires our will to become one with His. How necessary this is if we are to be guided through the turbulence and fog that is upon us and is to come. Obedience and discipline can bring us blessings. They will bring us closer to the Lord. It can help alleviate many heartaches and problems from our life. However, no matter how hard we try to be obedient, we will not become one with the Lord unless we willfully place our entire will on the Altar. Because of our fallen state, there is no shortcut to this alignment process. Without the Lord’s detailed hands on refinement, we will inevitably fall short of becoming one with Him. But we must first give Him permission. Proceeding down this process and path while mortal is difficult and not required for exaltation. The Lord will never coerce us in this matter, yet, He desires for us to submit and trust in Him.
Elder Holland eloquently and plainly portrayed in his General Conference talk some non-scriptural possible conversation between Christ and the Apostle Peter. The Lord first asked Peter if he loved Him. After Peter affirmatively reassured the Lord, Elder Holland elaborated, the Lord’s possible response:
“Then Peter, why are you here? Why are we back on this same shore, by these same nets, having this same conversation? Wasn’t it obvious then and isn’t it obvious now that if I want fish, I can get fish? What I need, Peter, are disciples—and I need them forever. I need someone to feed my sheep and save my lambs. I need someone to preach my gospel and defend my faith. I need someone who loves me, truly, truly loves me, and loves what our Father in Heaven has commissioned me to do. Ours is not a feeble message. It is not a fleeting task. It is not hapless; it is not hopeless; it is not to be consigned to the ash heap of history. It is the work of Almighty God, and it is to change the world. So, Peter, for the second and presumably the last time, I am asking you to leave all this and to go teach and testify, labor and serve loyally until the day in which they will do to you exactly what they did to me.”
As we relinquish our entire will, everything, even the most important things that we labor so diligently to protect, into the trust and hands of the Lord, with full purpose of heart, then and only then, can the Master begin to eliminate the dross and natural impurities within us, leaving a pure and refined heart. A heart and mind that the Lord can use for His purposes because it is one with Him. This process will rip, tear and shred these impurities from us. There is no shortcut. It is often times not even a delicate process, but rather invasive. But as we press forward and continue to return to the Altar and place even what little bit we have left to give, the Lord WILL respond. He will be with you. He will not fail you. He will not mince words. He will certainly be honest with you. But he will also know your limits and capabilities, so you can perfectly trust in Him that you will pull through whatever struggle comes along. The price is high. The price may even feel too great at times. There is no other way to be proven. Ultimately, however, it is but a mere pittance when compared to what He returns to us.
May we trust in the Lord with ALL of our heart and lean not to our own understanding. May we place on the Altar the only gift we can truly give Him; our will and permission. In return, I know that He, the Great Physician, will operate, remove, mend and ultimately transform us into the disciples he needs, that we may take part in preparing the way for the establishment of Zion and His return as King and Ruler of this earth.