Do we feel that Christ’s atoning sacrifice only applies to others, but not to ourselves?
A few days ago, I woke up at 6:30 am to my cell phone vibrating. A friend who lives across the hall was calling me. Not being awake enough to talk yet, I silenced the call and saw that he had texted me a few minutes before, asking me to let him into the building. I texted him back and walked down the stairs to the front entrance.
He was standing outside, unable to enter. I pushed open the door and let him into the lobby, and before I could ask why his access card wasn’t working, he said, “Thank goodness you let me in… I’ve been out here since 2 am!”
I couldn’t contain my surprise as I asked why he hadn’t called me earlier.
He responded, “Well, I knew you normally get up around 6, so I decided to wait until then so I wouldn’t wake you up.”
We walked back upstairs together and I assured him that it wouldn’t have been a bother. Then, before I laid back down to sleep for a few more minutes, I thought about how grateful I was to be resting in a warm bed.
Brothers and sisters, are we, at times, like my friend, unwilling to ask for blessings because we feel we do not qualify for the Lord’s help? Do we feel that Christ’s atoning sacrifice only applies to others, but not to ourselves?
If so, my friends, I would offer that God loves us more than we know. Jesus Christ suffered for all men—not just for the sinners—and we all are deserving of His grace if we but ask in humility. Indeed, the Savior has said, “whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you” (3 Nephi 18:20).
Truly, the Savior stands ready to open the door into His kingdom for us, no matter at what hour of the night we come calling for grace. May we ever have the confidence to turn to Him, repent, and claim the magnificent blessings that He has prepared for us (John 14:2).