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Like the Prophets

Sometimes writers distance themselves from religious subjects. Religion is still taboo to speak about. Read about it instead.

The Lord selects prophets, giving each one the chance to willingly submit to God’s expectations over time through trials of faith and good works--just like everyone else! In other words, prophets fare no different from other people as Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus Christ in the Meridian of time, Christ’s time, uttered, according to Luke, “Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation, he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.” [Acts 10:34-3]

This article addresses the question: “Yeah, but he was a prophet. Does God expect me to be as faithful as Peter, Moses, or even Jesus?”

Firstly, yes! God expects the same of all of us. Heavenly Father, as our parent, expects us to follow the commandments, for which He rewards us with His Spirit. How? Why?

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The Lord selects prophets, giving each one the chance to willingly submit to God’s expectations over time through trials of faith and good works--just like everyone else!

Prophets Are People Too

Prophets have faults and challenges to face, sins of which to repent, and sorrows to overcome. God admits, “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble, and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” [Ether 12:27]

Often times we think of prophets as extra special beings, who the Lord chooses, somehow made differently than faithful followers of Christ without prophetic callings.

Prophets grow and learn just as any Saint does. Think of Jonah, a prejudiced prophet who wanted a whole city destroyed at odds with God’s desire to call the citizens to repentance. Veggie Tales provide a great example of how a prophet needs to repent meant for kids but applicable to us. The following video provides perspective.

The Lord knows each of us, giving tasks and trials to assist us to reach our full potential in mortality, help us grow.

Talents

God gives us each responsibility commiserate to our capacities or weakness. God does not give sins to each person, but weakness, frailty, mortality to improve, room to grow, personal limits, and such. God, like any father, desires His offspring to reach to Him for assistance in our hours of need. Those needful hours, or weakness, help humility bud in our hearts knowing a divine Father will strengthen us in weakness: capacity to change, ability to learn, faith to overcome, and power to act.

In Matthew 25:14-29, Jesus speaks of talents given to three servants, each one given a different amount to increase. The number of talents the master in the parable gave the servants differed. Each person’s abilities differ also. To one the master gave five talents. two to another, and one to another. The Lord knows each of us, giving tasks and trials to assist us to reach our full potential in mortality, help us grow.

The most important part of the parable Jesus taught occurs when the master returns to inspect the servants’ work with their talents. Jesus related,

He that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. [Matt. 25:20-23]

Often times we think of prophets as extra special beings, who the Lord chooses, somehow made differently than faithful followers of Christ without prophetic callings.

Equality Not E-Quantity

Both the five and two-talent servants received the same welcome and offer, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” [Matthew 25:21, 23] It did not matter that their weakness differed, their ability. Those servants used their talents, influence, and ability to improve. As Peter said and Jesus demonstrated in that parable, “God is no respecter of persons,” and expects all people, prophet and Saints alike, to use the talents given them to improve.

God does NOT love or respect one person more than the next. True equality before a Heavenly Father: children to love, offspring to teach, and family to encourage.

With His Help

Paul taught the Saints in Corinth,

God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. [I Corinthians 10:13]

Paul’s instruction to the Saints in Corinth applies to Saints today. God challenges us with trials within our ability to overcome with His help and blesses us for enduring it! Never does God leave us to face challenges without support IF WE SEEK IT. He comforts us throughout the experience by the power of the Holy Spirit, who Jesus promised will “teach [us] all things, and bring all things to [our] remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” [John 14:26] to make sure we know He loves us even though we may suffer through trials.

Prophets suffer and overcome as all of us do. No matter how big or small our trial-to-talent ratio compared to others, significant power to increase in faith and overcome through the Grace of Jesus Christ match our abilities with no comparison.

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Seek His Help

We may not lose everything as did Job, but we may lose a job, a house, our health, or a family member. Hard trials may come but God gives men weakness that they may be humble, and [His] grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before [Him]; for if they humble themselves before [Him], and have faith in [Him], then will [He] make weak things become strong unto them.” [Ether 12:27]

  • Then will He make poverty less a burden to bear? Yes!
  • Then will He make sickness less a burden to bear? Yes!
  • Then will He make speech impediments less of a burden to bear? Yes!
  • Then will He make blindness less of a burden to bear? Yes!
  • Then will He make addiction less of a burden to bear? Yes!
  • Then will he make anger less of a burden to bear? Yes!
  • Then will he make [add weakness] less of a burden to bear? Yes!

God will make weak things strong for those who humble themselves to seek after Him. He will encourage, support, or heal us when we need it shoring up those weak points.

  • We may have a one-talent trial and the Lord expects us to increase that one-talent trial by demonstrating our two-talents strength for overcoming it with His guidance.
  • We may have a three-talent trial and the Lord expects us to increase that three-talent trial by demonstrating our six-talents strength for overcoming it with His guidance.
  • We, or a prophet, may have a five-talent trial and the Lord expects us to increase that five-talent trial by demonstrating ten-talents strength for overcoming it with His guidance. The Savior rewards those he increases with the same blessings no matter our talents.
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Jesus Faced Challenges

Jesus endured trials equivalent to His perfect nature and abilities. He suffered for the sins of the world. Jesus alone stands as the only one of us who had the ability and worthiness within to rise from the dead with a glorified immortal body and offer forgiveness to all those who repent and resurrection to all of humanity--freely!

Aside from the 40 days and nights of temptation in the desert during His fasting in preparation for His three-year ministry, Jesus suffered the greatest of all tests in the Atonement, fulfilling the Law of Moses. Completing the Atonement grew difficult for this perfectly obedient Son with the pain and emotional suffering of all humanity bleeding through His pores. Unlike the temptations He endured in the desert, the suffering He experienced in Gethsemane caused Him pause.

Jesus preferred another way asking, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” [Matthew 26:39]

Mark records, “He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee; take away this cup from Me: nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt.” [Mark 14:35-36]

Jesus revealed in modern times,

I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; but if they would not repent they must suffer even as I, which suffering caused Myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men. [Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19]

All of Heavenly Father’s children receive trials commiserate to our several abilities. Jesus had the ability to learn grace from grace as a child, never needing to repent of sins, since He committed none. Because of that talent of His, He suffered a greater challenge which He completed. Christ’s completed challenge offers a gift to the rest of us of repentance and forgiveness. Weakness does not equate to sin, necessarily. Weakness leads the humble to God. Jesus gave glory to God for His power as He expects us to give glory to God for our ability to overcome, a genetic trait of being on of God’s children.

Weakness Does Not Equate to Sin, Necessarily.

Weakness leads the humble to God. Jesus gave glory to God for His power as He expects us to give glory to God for our ability to overcome, a genetic trait of being one of God’s children.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Rodric Anthony Johnson

Comments

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on July 09, 2021:

I am so happy to read your new hub. I am excited about you posting it, sharing your spiritual insights and thoughts. I am honored that you will read any of my hubs. I am not beholden to one particular genre, but my religious beliefs reflect in most of what I write.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 07, 2021:

This is so kind of you, Rodric. I really appreciate that. I saw your comment on my hub HU. I'm delighted you enjoyed it. I will be responding you there now.

I've never written a hub on someone else's request before, but I've decided to write one on yours. It will also be on spirituality. It would be called Khaki Banda, which is an Urdu word that means "the man made of soil." I am planning to publish it within the next two to three days, hopefully. It's also song lyrics and it sheds light on how a person lives his life and how he is supposed to live his life.

I've seen a series of stories on your profile. I haven't read any of it yet, but I will. I'm sure they're worth reading.

Sending Blessings to you!!!

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on July 07, 2021:

I am intrigued! I will read it right away. Learning about how other people feel about

God, about Allah, helps me love Him more. Thanks for being willing to expose his side or yourself in a public place.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 07, 2021:

Rodric, I write about spiritual topics, but I avoid writing about religion not because I don't want to, but because I don't want to harm anyone's feelings in any way. I do quote Islamic quotes by Hazrat Ali and Ahadees of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH). I do quote Quranic verses as well. I wrote an article a few days ago on the song HU, which is an anthem based on spiritual content. "Hu" is the name of Allah in Sufism and Arabic.

Here's the link if you are interested

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/HU-God-ju...

Maybe in the future, I will write about Islam as well; in fact, I will love to do it.

Maybe the similarities between Christianity and Islam. I have many poems on my profile on similar topics.

Blessings to you

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on July 07, 2021:

Have you ever thought of doing an article introducing Islam to the common person, Misbah? I am going to scourer your articles to see if you did. If you have not, I would enjoy reading and learning such a work if it suits your tastes.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 06, 2021:

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me, Rodric. Greatly appreciated. It's nice to meet you here.

God Bless you.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on July 06, 2021:

Pameal, thanks for reading a commenting. I am glad we share a knowledge of the divinity of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Of the few things I know, Christ is risen is one of them. I love Jesus Christ and the example of obedience I have learned from reading about His life and living His teachings.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on July 06, 2021:

I appreciate your comment, Bill. One thing that I have discovered about religion, which also helps me believe that humanity is more similar than different is that all major philosophies and religions tend to have a common vein of morality that does not deviate so much. I mean, of course, there are deviations with some of us practicing oddities of human sacrifice. For Christians, Jesus was the human sacrifice. We tidy it up a bit and call it an atonement adding the moral high ground that our sacrifice rose from the dead. We have more in common as humans. I try to see the truths in all religions we share and wonder who the differences reflect similarities that may from a different perspective. The older I get, the less I know, the more I believe, and I assert and thinking tons!

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on July 06, 2021:

Mishbah, thanks for commenting and touching on things that we have in common. One day I hope to get to the point where I can consider trials as blessing from God. In my spiritual walk, I have not matured to that point. I believe as I study and live principles of truth I will get there in time.

I shared it here before on Hubpages. I became a Christian seeking out Islam. I found The Book of Mormon looking for information about Moors of Northern Africa as a kid. The Book of Mormon converted me to Christianity. I would never have the faith that I practice without my desire to seek Islam. I had no proper teachings regarding Islam at a young age living in a Christian town in South Georgia to help me fully explore Islam. I find true Islam, not the cultural aspects falsely associated with Islam, does have so much in common with Christianity and Judaism. We all share the same spiritual background in Abraham.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 05, 2021:

This is an excellent article, Rodric. We do all have our trials, but as the Bible says we get through them, with God's help. I love Paul's teasing in Corinth too.

I believe Jesus suffered for us. I always give glory to God and to Jesus, since he died for us. Thanks for writing such a comprehensive article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 05, 2021:

Even if you choose to take religion out of the conversation, the lessons shared here are universal and apply to everyone. These are solid religious principles, solid philosophical principles, and simply a good guiding light to a better life.

Happy 5th of July, my friend. Be well!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 05, 2021:

Rodric, as I have started to interact with you in comments and I believe, you don't know much about me. I am a Muslim and as a Muslim I believe in Allah (The God) Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and all of the Prophets who came before Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) . Your hub is beautiful. Quran teaches us about all the prophets and the times before Islam. I have read many scriptures of Bible and I use to quote them quite often in my articles. I find many similarities between us (the Christians and Muslims) we all are one. Both religion teach us brotherhood and Love for God and mankind. Sufferings and weaknesses brings us more closer to God. Every soul has his own sufferings and God is Great. Sufferings that bring us closer to God shouldn't be considered as sufferings but Blessings. Hard times come into our lives to teach us valuable lessons, and they undoubtedly aid believers in spiritual growth.

Many Blessings to you

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