Today I was reading from my document of all of the direct, explicit references to Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. I came across this injunction in 2 Nephi 25:29 –
“the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out”
Normally I would separate the stuff on the left side of the first semicolon from the stuff on the right side of the second semicolon, especially since they’re divided by an additional phrase. But I am intrigued by the thought that a true, sincere belief in Christ might manifest itself in bowing down before Him–bowing down, in order to worship with my body, my heart, my voice–and then also in arising in order to go forth and worship Him with all of my might, mind, and strength. If I really believed in Him–that He is the Son of God, that there is a God in the first place, and that God sent His beloved Son Jesus to lay down His life in order to redeem all who would humble themselves and covenant with Him to keep His commandments–wouldn’t that drastically affect how I lived my life? There is not real belief without the instant humility and the follow-up obedience, service, and action.