Others Will He Pacify – 2 Nephi 28:21-22

21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.

Sunday, I wrote about two of Satan’s techniques to convince us to commit sin: telling us to ignore the consequences of our decisions, or persuading us that little sins are not important. In the passage above, Nephi describes Satan’s approach when those techniques fail. If he can’t get us to commit sins, he tries to make us complacent.
When the Savior described the Final Judgment to his disciples, he listed the actions of people who would be welcomed into the kingdom of God: they fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and the imprisoned. He then described those who did not qualify: they did not feed the hungry, clothe the naked, or visit the sick or the imprisoned (Matthew 25:31-46). Of course there are many bad things we could do that would make us unworthy to live in God’s presence, but it appears that sins of omission alone will do the job.
There is so much good to be done in the world. For disciples of Jesus Christ, doing nothing is not an option. As grateful as we are when things are going well, it is essential for us to recognize the work that needs to be done, particularly in serving others, and to get to work.
Today, I will resist complacency. I will look for opportunities to serve others, and I will act on those opportunities throughout the day. 

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