It’s interesting how catchy sentences are so easy to remember. But there is one problem with catchy phrases in the gospel. They can oversimplify things.
I have been thinking about this sentence that was put together by a young missionary several years ago. So I went to the scriptures to find out what the scriptures really say can be the blessings that come from obedience.
Of course, none of us are perfect in obeying commandments of God, but happily, He does not require perfection before we start seeing some of the results. He freely gives to his children who are trying to do good. And I think you are.
Here are a few things I found:
Obedience is sometimes referred to as being “faithful and diligent”. (Doctrine and Covenants 59:3)
Obedience (being faithful and diligent) to God’s commandments helps us
• to know whether or not the commandments are from God (John 7:17)
• to abide in Jesus’ love (John 15:10)
• to love our brothers and sisters with true charity (1st Peter 1:22)
• to become worthy to enter heaven (Matthew 7:21)
• to be unshakeable in times of trouble (Mathew 7:24-25)
• to be prepared for celestial glory (Doctrine and Covenants 88)
• to experience "blessedness" (the happiness that comes to those who find their purpose and fulfillment in God. (Luke 11:28)
• to receive the good things of the earth, good harvest, blessings from above, and more commandments and revelations (Doctrine and Covenants 59:3-4)
That’s an interesting list of specific blessings to consider.
So, being obedient, if it’s done wisely, doesn’t necessarily result in you getting what you want, or being “successful” in your current work. Instead, it can result in some different distinct blessings that are pretty amazing.
Something to consider: As we look at that list, do we recognize some of those blessings and results unfolding in our lives as we are faithful and diligent? Or are we so focused on other blessings that we want, and that we think we can “earn” with obedience, that we miss the blessings that he so freely gives?
They are amazing.