I had the privilege of attending the 2007 World Conference as a Delegate for South Central States Mission Center. While at the conference, I heard the words to what became Section 163 of the Doctrine and Covenants. The biggest portion of 163 addressed a progressive move forward; however, the content was nothing new. The presentation provided a clear challenge to pursue peace and aggressively go forward seeking opportunities to share the Gospel with others.
D&C 3:b “Above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”
Doctrine and Covenants 164 built upon section 163. It challenges us to go further into action. It’s a challenge to bring about the cause of Zion. Make tangible your vision of a peaceable kingdom on Earth and do something.
D&C 164:d-f “If you truly would be Community of Christ, then embody and live the concerns and passion of Christ. The challenges and opportunities are momentous. Will you remain hesitant in the shadows of your fears, insecurities, and competing loyalties? Or will you move forward in the light of your divinely instilled call and vision?
The mission of Jesus Christ is what matters most for the journey ahead.”
There is not an application on your iPhone, Droid, or Blackberry that allows you to share your testimony to the person sitting next to you. There is not an app that builds personal relationships with others that show the Love revealed by Jesus Christ. You cannot download “faith” from the app store. Faith involves action (James 2:17 “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”). You reveal your faith by the way you live your life. The “faith app” is the way you apply your faith in everyday action.
Will you remain hesitant to act, or will you embrace the call to help bring about the cause of Zion?