This post is based on a video of Elder Larry Lawrence talking about the scripture story of the rich young man who approached Jesus and asked, “What lack I yet?” Elder Lawrence suggests that each of us can and should ask this same question and thereby receive personal revelation as to what we need to do to grow and progress and become more like our Heavenly Father–reaching our truest potential. One woman put this to the test and bravely asked the question: “What do I need to change?” and the Spirit whispered to her, “Don’t interrupt people when they are talking.” The Holy Ghost really does give customized counsel. He is a completely honest companion and will tell us things that no one else knows or has the courage to say.
A perfect time to ask, “What lack I yet?” is when we take the sacrament. The Apostle Paul taught that this is a time for each of us to examine ourselves.In this reverent atmosphere, as our thoughts are turned heavenward, the Lord can gently tell us what we need to work on next.
Elder Lawrence suggests that each of us participate in a spiritual exercise sometime soon, perhaps even tonight while saying your prayers. Humbly ask the Lord the following question: “What is keeping me from progressing?” In other words: “What lack I yet?” Then wait quietly for a response. If you are sincere, the answer will soon become clear. It will be revelation intended just for you.*
President Spencer W. Kimball said: “I have learned that where there is a prayerful heart, a hungering after righteousness, a forsaking of sins, and obedience to the commandments of God, the Lord pours out more and more light until there is finally power to pierce the heavenly veil. … A person of such righteousness has the priceless promise that one day he shall see the Lord’s face and know that he is.”
Be Bold! Ask God for help with the things you need! Be humble and seek to change, grow and improve. As we exercise faith, even if we have only a desire to believe, (Alma 32:27-43) plant that seed of faith and see where it takes you. I know that good things will happen to those who reach out their hand to the Hand of God, which is ever extended out to us.
As I shared with you some sacred and personal examples of my faith this month, you may have noticed that some were more dramatic and spectacular than others. The Spirit speaks to and enlightens us in various ways and intensity depending on the need and circumstances.
But in the words of David Bednar, a current apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and an especial witness:
As you appropriately seek for and apply unto the spirit of revelation, I promise you will “walk in the light of the Lord” Isaiah 2:5 2 Nephi 12:5 Sometimes the spirit of revelation will operate immediately and intensely, other times subtly and gradually, and often so delicately you may not even consciously recognize it. But regardless of the pattern whereby this blessing is received, the light it provides will illuminate and enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding (see Alma 5:7 32:28 and direct and protect you and your family. (The Spirit of Revelation, David A Bednar, Conference Talk, April 2011)
[*The first time I did this, I got the message to stop finishing people’s sentences for them…]