3. …Our brethren, the Lamanites, were in darkness, yea, even in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold the marvelous light of God! And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon us, that we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work….
15 Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and destruction; but behold, he has brought them into his everlasting light, yea, into everlasting salvation; and they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work.
(Alma 26:3, 15)
As Ammon reaffirms to his brothers and his other missionary companions in these verses, missionary work is God’s work, not ours. When we are engaged in sharing the gospel, we are acting as “instruments in His hands.” While this might seem like an obvious fact, it has some practical consequences:
- We need to be willing to help the Lord do His work in His way. Humility is essential to successful missionary work.
- We need to hear and follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost in order to do missionary work effectively. Since God knows the hearts of His children perfectly, He is much better positioned to know what we can say and do to influence them for good than we are.
- If we want to share the gospel with other people, we would be wise to pray that our eyes might be opened, to recognize the opportunities which already exist in our daily lives.
- When we have a successful missionary experience, we should remember that the Lord was the orchestrator, and we were merely participants.
Today and this week, I will strive to follow Ammon’s example of humble missionary service. I will ask the Lord to help me recognize opportunities to share the gospel. I will seek to follow the inspiration of the Holy Ghost when I have those opportunities. Above all, I will remember that this is His work, not mine, and I will be grateful that He is willing to trust me to help Him.