It’s time for me to start writing. For some time I have felt a strong impression that it is time for me to share the knowledge that has brought the sweetest happiness to me; that those who hear my words will also experience it. That type of happiness comes only by putting all of the aspects of your life in accordance with the laws, commandments, and statutes of God. And so I begin with a challenge and a statement that IT’S TIME.
This theme or idea of “It’s time” really isn’t something new. In fact, if you are familiar with all of scripture you will see this theme throughout. I believe this is so for two reasons: 1 – We don’t know when our earthly life will end, and 2 – The time was or is close at hand when Christ will come.
Because we do not know the day that we will die, we need to be prepared to meet God at any moment. This unique experience on Earth is given to us for the purpose of our becoming more like God; by learning good from evil and receiving a physical body, with the hope and expectation that we use our agency to choose to follow the path provided by Jesus Christ. If we are worthy in the end we indeed can inherit all that God has. The apostle Paul testifies of this truth in the New Testament: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17).
Secondly, we have scriptural reference of people in all ages of the earth having been told that it’s time to prepare relatively short of Christ coming to the Earth. We are now in the last days leading up to the second coming of Christ. The scriptures teach us that no man knoweth the time when this event will take place. What we do know, however, and what all the Prophets both ancient and modern have exhorted us to do is prepare ourselves for that day. That is something we can do now.
It’s time to choose where you are going. That is to say if you don’t know already. If you don’t have specific end goals for your life, you will be tossed about life as a ship on a storm-tossed sea without its sails. Does that sound like happiness to you? If you do have dreams and ambitions, make plans to realize them. Those plans are the wind that keep you going in the right direction. Have confidence that as you move in a set direction you will find the right way. At times you have to stop and check your compass. Take time to ponder often if your goals and plans are still right. Often you will feel that as you move in a certain direction that your course needs to be fine-tuned, or even completely changed. Go with your “gut feeling,” which is really guidance streaming from God to you by way of the light of Christ that is in you. You see, in order to know where you should go you must first understand where you have come from. Before man was created we lived with God as His spirit children. The scriptures tell us of a conflict in heaven where Lucifer became the devil by rebelling against God. He was cast out, and he took 1/3 of the hosts of heaven with him, with the promise that they would never experience mortality with a physical body. What does that say about you and me? The very fact that you are on earth with a physical body means that you chose God’s plan in that pre-earth life. Think about that: YOU CHOSE GOD’S PLAN before you came to earth. That is why you are here. You were given the light of Christ, which is your conscience of right and wrong. So, therein lies the test of mortality – choosing to continue to follow God’s path or succumb to Satan.
It’s time to choose what side you are on. We live in a world of right and wrong, good and evil. Who’s side are you on? Do you want to be on that side? Have you really thought about it? We are repeatedly admonished by the words of ancient prophets to choose whom you serve this day. Christ Himself taught us that it is impossible to serve two masters: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). The choices we make every day determine which side we are on. If we are not actively trying to do good, to be better, then we are not choosing good. There is no middle ground.
It’s time to change for the better, and to become more Christ-like. For the most part, being Christ-like simply means to be a good person. But it goes a little beyond that. In essence it means that we acknowledge that there is such a thing as sin, and that we all commit sin, and that we must repent of our own sins, so that through the Atonement of Christ we are cleansed from from our sins, thus becoming clean; perfect as Christ is perfect – Christ-like. Jesus Christ provided the way when He suffered and died for all of us. But His suffering and dying for us did not complete our individual salvation or redemption. He made the way possible for us, but we have to follow His gospel in order to take advantage of His Atonement, and thus secure our salvation – our victory over evil and the Evil One. According to the very words of Jesus, we all must repent of our sins, be baptized for the remission of sins, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (baptism by fire), and then strive to emulate His example for the rest of our lives. That is His gospel, the way to salvation, the way to true joy and happiness. I invite you, if you have not done these things, to do them, so that you can experience that joy and happiness for yourselves.
If you are already a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it’s time to do more to share the gospel with your brothers and sisters. To me it is ever more evident that the signs of the times of the Second Coming of Christ are being fulfilled. I personally have felt a greater need to preach the gospel to any and all whom I can reach. We have the unique responsibility and opportunity to invite and help all people who we can reach to come unto Christ, and thus enable them to experience true joy and happiness in this life, and to be saved at the last day.