- The blessings that the Lord has promised to those who overcome the world are breathtaking. They will be “clothed in white … and [named in] the book of life.” The Lord “will confess [their names] before [the] Father, and before his angels.” Each shall have “part in the first resurrection,” receive eternal life, and “go no more out” from the presence of God.
- Is it possible to overcome the world and receive these blessings? Yes, it is.
Overcoming the world requires a lifetime of commitment and not just one single act. Our actions over our lifetime will have a significant impact on our future in the eternities.
- Overcoming the world is not one defining moment in a lifetime, but a lifetime of moments that define an eternity.
We can gain better insight into what we can and should become in this life by seeking the Lord's guidance and direction.
- Praying, repenting, following the Savior, and receiving His grace lead us to better understand why we are here and who we are to become.
Elder Andersen talks about the importance of Sabbath Day observance in our quest to overcome the world. This single day, properly observed will have a dramatic influence on our spiritual lives.
- Our love for the Sabbath day does not end when the chapel doors close behind us but instead opens the doors to a beautiful day of resting from routine tasks, studying, praying, and reaching out to family and others who need our attention. Instead of breathing a sigh of relief when church is over and frantically running in search of a television before the football game begins, let our focus remain on the Savior and upon His holy day.
Elder Andersen points out two additional things we can do to overcome the world. One is to be less concerned about our social media status and the other is to remember the love we have felt from the Savior.
- Overcoming the world is being less concerned with our online connections and more concerned with our heavenly connection to God
- Overcoming the world is remembering, even when we are discouraged, the times we have felt the love and light of the Savior.
Elder Andersen concludes with word of hope that we will all be able to make a stronger commitment to live our lives in accordance with the Saviors teachings.
- May we each try a little harder in our efforts to overcome the world, not excusing serious offenses yet being patient with minor slips and falls, eagerly hastening our speed and generously helping others. As you trust more fully in the Savior, I promise you blessings of greater peace in this life and a greater assurance of your eternal destiny.
Elder Andersen provides hope that we can succeed in the world we live in today. The worldly influences of the adversary are real and we can overcome them through our discipleship of the Savior. I appreciated the comments about sabbath day observance. I have come to know this truth for myself and recognize that if we are to keep our focus on the Savior, we need the recharging that occurs on Sunday. I hope we can all find small changes in our lives that will allow us to become better disciples and overcome the worldly influences that are all around us.