Summary: The saints become the sons and daughters of Christ through faith—They are then called by the name of Christ—King Benjamin exhorts them to be steadfast and immovable in good works. About 124 B.C.
I want to start off with the verse that hit me the strongest in this chapter: 13 "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?"How can we know our Savior if we have not served him? How can we know our Savior if we never take the time in our day to do something that helps us turn our hearts and thoughts to Him? We are going to spend our entire lives trying to be more like Him and better understand and appreciate what He did for us and how He served while on this earth. At least, I feel that it will take a lifetime to try to perfect this. I just don't remember seeing it spelled out like this before: How can we know Him if we do not serve Him? There is a reason for all the commandments we are given. They are for the purpose of bringing us closer to Christ. And as King Benjamin says:
15 "Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen."
The rest of this chapter focuses on the great change of heart that the people experience after listening to and internalizing King Benjamin's sermon.
2 "And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually."
I can't help but think of the countless times I have felt this way after going to church or listening to conference or studying the words of the prophets. But we must do more than feel. We must act on those feelings. Don't just make empty promises to yourself or to the Lord. Follow through. Change your life or your course. Incorporate what you learn actively into your life. I'm telling myself this more than anyone else, but I think that it is such an important principle that will help us progress daily. And I also feel like I should add: Never underestimate the power of sharing your testimony. We hesitate mostly out of fear of any number of things. And when we do get up the courage to share our testimony, we may not feel like it made that much of a difference to that person or group. But I truly feel that, in the long run, sharing your testimony will help you and will plant seeds in the hearts of those with whom you share it. Good will come from it, even if it doesn't happen immediately. Look at the difference that King Benjamin made in the lives of thousands of people! If he can do it, why can't we? That is why we are here now!