"What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?"
FAIR Faithful Resources for Come, Follow Me 2023 April 17–23. Matthew 18; Luke 10: “What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?” Find answers to difficult questions to help you in your learning and teaching. Here is a collection of reliable resources to supplement your study of Matthew 18; Luke 10. FAIR Resources link to relevant questions which have been answered on the FAIR website. Under Church Resources you’ll find links to the different Come, Follow Me manuals, as well as other helpful links as applicable. Other Resources link to resources outside of FAIR that are trustworthy and helpful.
Main points to ponder
“What must I do to obtain eternal life?”
How does this question apply to Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan? Consider Luke 10:25, 29; Luke 9:52–54; 17:11–18; John 4:9; 8:48; and Mosiah 2:17.
What does this question have to do with Christ’s experience with Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38–42) or his instructions to his disciples in Matthew 18:1–11 (consider also Mosiah 3:19)?
What does forgiveness have to do with eternal life? Matthew 18:21–35
Faithful Resources on the FAIR website:
- Question: Did Christ establish a Church while on the earth?
- Question: Was the apostasy after Christ complete?
- Question: What is the Catholic view of the apostasy?
- Question: What is the reformation view of the apostasy?
- Question: Do Latter-day Saints believe that no genuine Christians exist outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
- Question: Why doesn’t God always heal the sick when they are given priesthood blessings?
- Christ’s Emancipation of Women in the New Testament
Main Points to Ponder
- Forgiving Others
- Who is my neighbor?
- Importance of meekness (child-like-ness) as we develop a relationship with God.
- Importance of the one
1-4: Who is greatest in Kingdom of God? Be like a little child
6-7 and 10: Woe to those who cause others to stumble
8-9: What to do if something about your life causes you to stumble – get rid of it
12-14: Parable of the lost sheep – joy in finding the one that is lost
15-17: deal with problems one on one, then take to two or three, then larger group
18: Whatsoever you bind on earth, bound in heaven
19-20: Where two or three are gathered in my name . . .
21-22: Forgive 7 x 70
23-32: Parable of two men who owe, larger debt forgiven, smaller debt not
33: We need to forgive others
1-12: 72 others go out to preach, directions, heal sick, wipe dust off your feet . . .
13-15: Woe to certain cities due to lack of faith
16: If they reject you they reject Him who sent me
18-20: the 72 return after successful mission, rejoice your names are in Heaven
21: God has hidden things from wise and learned and revealed them to little children
22: No one knows the Father except through the Son
23-24: Disciples blessed to be witnessing the mission of the Son
25-28: What to inherit eternal life? Love God and love neighbor
29-37: Parable of the Good Samaritan
38-41: Mary and Martha, with Martha annoyed that she is working while Mary is listening
Lyndie is working toward a degree in Public Relations at Brigham Young University. Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, she enjoys running, spending time with her husband and family, and reading. Lyndie served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hermosillo, Mexico, where she developed a love for the Spanish language and the people there. She was drawn to the Wilford Woodruff Papers out of a desire to learn more about Church history and enjoys being part of the organization’s efforts to touch lives with Wilford Woodruff’s words.
Take Time to Be Holy
Like Martha in the New Testament, we can fill our to-do lists with worthy endeavors, including work, school, extracurricular activities, and so on. With all of these tasks, I often find it difficult to do what matters most. It can be exhausting to work through everything that we all have to do every day, but the words of a favorite song called “Take Time to Be Holy” come to my mind:
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on.
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone;
By looking to Jesus like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.1
Luke 10:40 says that “Martha was cumbered about much serving.” Serving is, of course, a good and noble thing to do, but sometimes we must choose between what is good and what is best. Christ gently reminded Martha that “one thing is needful.” Upon reading this, I wondered what is most needful in my own life—am I choosing the better part, as Mary did?
In one of his addresses, Wilford Woodruff pointed out, “We are all dependent upon the Lord, upon his Holy Spirit, and upon the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ, for instruction, for light, and knowledge, such as is calculated to edify, encourage, sustain, and aid us in magnifying our callings in this life.”2
As Wilford reminded, we need the help and support of the Lord to do everything that is required of us and to complete our responsibilities—not just in the Church, but in our day-to-day lives.
The last verse of the hymn sums up the blessings that come as we put the Lord first:
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul.
Each thought and each motive beneath His control;
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shall be fitted for service above.3
I testify that as we take time to be holy and rely on the Lord, we will be built up as we work through our neverending to-do lists. As we choose the better part, the best ways to spend our time and energy, we can be supported in the roles we have and find peace and rest.
1. William D. Longstaff, “Take Time to Be Holy,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
2. Discourse by Wilford Woodruff, April 22, 1860, The Wilford Woodruff Papers,
3. William D. Longstaff, “Take Time to Be Holy,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
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