MY LIFE TESTIMONY:
Testimony of Book of Mormon
By: Dr. Ram C. Baral (M. Div., Ph.D., D.D.)
ABIDE IN CHRIST
Abide in me, and I will abide in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. – John 15:4
As Christians, the most important calling on our lives is to live for Christ, but we often get caught up in working overtime to please God through good works and service to him. However, we can clearly see from the verse above that we cannot please God through our strength. Instead, we are to remain in Christ so that He can in turn live in us and live out His life through us.
As I meditated on today’s scriptural reference, I stared at some roses sitting in a vase, and it came to me. Many of us have become like roses. Stay with me…Before the roses made their way into the vase, they were grafted into a vine; alive and vibrant. But someone went out and broke them off and wrapped them nicely together so that they looked pretty. For a few weeks, the roses strived to stay alive and maintain their pretty color; they worked overtime to bring pleasure to the owner, but eventually they began to wilt and whither away until they eventually succumbed. They just could not survive for too long without the vine, the true source of their strength.
Many of us have become like roses sitting in a vase trying to please God, and we may even be experiencing something called spiritual burnout. This is a syndrome that causes us to be tired, bored, and unsure of what to do next in order to please God or if everything we had been doing was what we were actually called to do. Are you spiritually burned out? God is calling you to come back to Him, the true source of your strength. He is telling you today, don’t live to seek my approval, instead, ‘abide in me and I will abide in you.’
The difference between a Christ-abiding life and a Christ-approval seeking life is the reason behind the things they do. A Christ-approval seeking life says I am going to pray and do good deeds because I want to please God. On the other hand, a Christ-abiding life says, Christ lives in me and so I pray and do his will; I no longer live for myself but for Him. What kind of Christian are you? Do not let your fate become like that of the roses in the vase. Abide in Him, and He will abide in you.
Remain in Him!
In 1984, I was a student in Korea at a theological seminary . Along with a group of Bible Society educators, they were showing a movie called "God Makers." It was very negative film against the Book of Mormon, Mormonism, and the prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr. it was truly false teaching based on the incorrect lessons taught by the "God Makers." However, I believed the movie on its face value that the Book of Mormon must be a grand design conspired to develop an American pseudo-christian cult. I wrongly believed that it is better for me not to see it, not to touch it, not to feel it, not to taste it, and not to smell it.
Nevertheless, I did not have peace concerning the Book of Mormon. I was restless. I had to investigate it by myself on my own initiative. I truly wanted to test and try if the Book of Mormon was not true as it was discussed in the classroom by the participating audience as mentioned below:
MORONI 10:3. Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down unto the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
MORONI 10:4. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of...
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