Today there was a beautiful talk given in Sacrament meeting. In the twenty sixth chapter of Matthew it reads:
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
The speaker said his wife had pointed out a phrase he had never noticed before. “Drink ye ALL of it.” Jesus commanded them not to sip it or gulp a little but to drink all of it.
Sometimes in life, especially when the Lord gives me a task that I feel is too difficult. I want to take just a bite or two. But God doesn’t want partial commitment. He wants all of it. Often I eagerly jump out of the boat and walk to him, only to realize the wind and waves around me. I forget to call to my Savior, “Lord, save me.” I become afraid that somehow I am not equal to the task or that what I desired is impossible.
I love how Howard W. Hunter commented on this story saying:
“It is my firm belief that if as individual people, as families, communities, and nations, we could, like Peter, fix our eyes on Jesus, we too might walk triumphantly over the swelling waves of disbelief and remain unterrified amid the rising winds of doubt. But if we turn away our eyes from him in whom we must believe, as it is so easy to do and the world is so much tempted to do, if we look to the power and fury of those terrible and destructive elements around us rather than to him who can help and save us, then we shall inevitably sink in a sea of conflict and sorrow and despair.
“At such times when we feel the floods are threatening to drown us and the deep is going to swallow up the tossed vessel of our faith, I pray we may always hear amid the storm and the darkness that sweet utterance of the Savior of the world: ‘Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid’ (Matthew 14:27)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1992, 24; or Ensign, Nov. 1992, 19).
As we prepare ourselves to partake of the sacrament this week, may we remember our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May our faith and knowledge in Him increase that our fears may be hushed and our lights shine brighter. That when our faith increases and we share our stories with others that they too may be encouraged through our testimony.
“And when the disciples had come with bread and wine, he took of the bread and brake and blessed it; and he gave unto the disciples and commanded that they should eat.
“And when they had eaten and were filled, he commanded that they should give unto the multitude.
“And when the multitude had eaten and were filled.”
May we like the disciples of old, come and eat and be filled. May we prepare our hearts that our covenants may be renewed and our minds restored to peace, comfort and joy. Then, when we are filled we may share this joy with others.