I mentioned yesterday that the phrase “come unto Christ” appears only five times in the scriptures. In contrast, the Savior says “come unto me” 39 times in the scriptures: once in the Old Testament, six times in the New Testament, four times in the Doctrine and Covenants, and 28 times in the Book of Mormon.
Here are a few principles I’ve learned by looking at these passages:
- The Savior invites us with patience. His “arm is lengthened out all the day long” (2 Nephi 28:32). He also wants us to continue to invite others, even when they seem unresponsive, “for ye know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I shall heal them” (3 Nephi 18:32).
- He doesn’t reject anyone who comes to Him (2 Nephi 26:25, 3 Nephi 18:25).
- We come to Him by repenting of our sins and being baptized (3 Nephi 21:6, 3 Nephi 27:20, 3 Nephi 30:2, Mormon 3:2, Ether 4:18, Moroni 7:34).
- We should come to Him with a humble heart, and we should be at peace with others when we come (3 Nephi 12:3, 19-20, 23-24).
- When we come to Him:
- We will find rest (3 Nephi 28:3).
- We will learn things we hadn’t previously been able to understand (Ether 4:13-14).
- We will recognize our weaknesses, which will make us humble (Ether 12:27).
- We will eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely, and we will partake of the fruit of the tree of life (Alma 5:34-35).
- He will save us (3 Nephi 9:14, 22).
- We will be filled with joy and welcomed into His Father’s kingdom (Enos 1:27, Alma 5:16).
Today, I will be grateful for the Savior’s loving invitation: “Come unto me.” I will be grateful that He receives everyone who comes to Him in humility and peace. I will be grateful for the priceless blessings we receive as we approach Him, including happiness, growth, knowledge, salvation, and joy.