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December 10, 2020 - His grace

Christ asks us to show faith in Him, repent, make and keep covenants, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. By complying, we are not paying the demands of justice—not even the smallest part. Instead, we are showing appreciation for what Jesus Christ did by using it to live a life like His. Justice requires immediate perfection or a punishment when we fall short. Because Jesus took that punishment, He can offer us the chance for ultimate perfection and help us reach that goal. He can forgive what justice never could, and He can turn to us now with His own set of requirements.

Brad Wilcox, "His Grace US Sufficient", BYU Speeches, July 12, 2011

This is another of my favorite talks. Brother Wilcox talks about piano lessons as a metaphor for Christ and His Atonement. Let's say mom pays the piano teacher to teach us. When we practice the piano, are we, then, paying the teacher ourselves out of pocket? Or, are we paying mom back for paying the teacher? No. We are learning to play the piano. When we practice, we get better at it. We will make mistakes as we perfect our playing. But, mom provided the way. We are showing "appreciation" for mom giving us this chance and paying for it.

That is what Christ did. He paid for us to have the opportunity to practice, to get better, to learn, and eventually to perfect ourselves. When we do practice and put in the effort, day after day, we are showing appreciation for Christ's gift. He already paid for it. We aren't paying Him back! We are thanking Him. That is what His grace does for us.

At the final judgment, it will not be us weeping and begging Christ to let us in to dwell with Him. It will be Christ weeping because we didn't use His gift and practice enough to get better.

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