- “Does my life reflect the love and devotion I feel for the Savior?”
He says that these thoughts have led him to ask and encourages us all to ask:
- “What thinks Christ of me?”
As we talk about our own personal journey of discipleship, Elder Andersen reminds us that our discipleship takes effort, requires sacrifice, and will be something that has eternal consequences:
- In this turbulent environment, we rejoice in being disciples of Jesus Christ. We see the Lord’s hand all around us. Our destination is beautifully set before us. “This is life eternal,” Jesus prayed, “that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Being a disciple in these days of destiny will be a badge of honor throughout the eternities.
Elder Andersen reminds us that our journey of discipleship is a lifelong journey:
- Jesus’s call “Come, follow me” is not only for those prepared to compete in a spiritual Olympics. In fact, discipleship is not a competition at all but an invitation to all. Our journey of discipleship is not a dash around the track, nor is it fully comparable to a lengthy marathon. In truth, it is a lifelong migration toward a more celestial world.
- Wherever you now find yourself on the road of discipleship, you are on the right road, the road toward eternal life. Together we can lift and strengthen one another in the great and important days ahead. Whatever the difficulties confronting us, the weaknesses confining us, or the impossibilities surrounding us, let us have faith in the Son of God, who declared, “All things are possible to him that believeth.”
Elder Andersen shares these inspiring words of hope for all of us.
- Discipleship is believing Him in seasons of peace and believing Him in seasons of difficulty, when our pain and fear are calmed only by the conviction that He loves us and keeps His promises.
Finally he shares his testimony with all of us:
- I testify that as you love Him, trust Him, believe Him, and follow Him, you will feel His love and approval. As you ask, “What thinks Christ of me?” you will know that you are His disciple; you are His friend. By His grace He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself.
Our personal journey of discipleship is what life is all about. We are all trying to return to live with our Father in Heaven after this life. The words of Elder Andersen inspire us and give us hope that we are on the right path and we must continue to push forward. "What thinks Christ of me" allows me to consider where I stand and how my personal journey is reflecting my love for the Savior.