Sister Lyle talked about humility in sacrament meeting yesterday. She did a great job. As she tracked through passages of scripture from the Topical Guide, a new image settled into my mind.
Maybe humility is like shedding the cloak of self-sufficiency and worldly concerns in order to have the Lord “encircle [us] around in the robe of [His] righteousness” (2 Nephi 4:33). Maybe God is inviting each of us to shed our identities and pretenses and put on His identity and purposes. Only when His purposes guide our perceptions and actions will we be on that strait and narrow way.
God tells us why some of us are not chosen: “Because [our] hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men” (D&C 121:35).
Funny, isn’t it? The things that demand out time and attention most in this life—work, home maintenance, shopping, recreation—are, in the eternal perspective, distractions. They are a test intended to see if we will stay focused on eternity.
“And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things” (D&C 88:67).
I’m inviting the Lord to encircle me in His robes.