20 And now, when Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire; yea, having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of God, having sealed the truth of his words by his death.
You can tell how much a person values something by the price they are willing to pay for it. It is easy to talk with conviction. The depth of our commitment becomes evident when we have to make a sacrifice.
We know how much Abinadi valued his message because he was willing to pay the ultimate price for it. “I will suffer even until death,” he said, “and I will not recall my words, and they shall stand as a testimony against you” (Mosiah 17:10).
We will probably not have to give our lives for the gospel, but the Lord does expect us to “observe [our] covenants” by making “every sacrifice which [He]… shall command” (D&C 97:8). This suggests to me that at least part of the price we each must pay is customized to our individual needs. Like the rich young ruler, we may be asked to give up things we uniquely value in order to gain the things we yet lack (Mark 10:17-22).
Today, I will renew my commitment to sacrifice anything which the Lord may require, as a demonstration to Him that the gospel means everything to me.