I’ve talked about agency in some of my past posts. It’s an important topic because our free will is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. So great, in fact, that He allows some of the most horrendous things imaginable to take place because He respects the freedom He has granted to His children. It is also the only thing of ourselves we can offer God. Everything in this world belongs to Him. Anything we give Him, he already has. Our time, however, is something we can give him. Of our own free will, we can choose to offer our time and talents to the Lord.
This time and talents isn’t just for Sunday, nor do they only pertain to the ten commandments and such. God gave us agency so we could think and act for ourselves. That’s why we’re here, to choose to come unto Christ. Through modern revelation, the Lord has instructed,
For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; (Doctrine and Covenants 5:26-27)
Here, the Lord basically says that anyone who has to be told to do everything is a lazy disciple, and that we should always be seeking to do good, not just when we’re told to. It makes sense. Surely the Lord wants us to think for ourselves. After all, the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about creating a mighty change of heart within us. It’s about making us into good people, not just people that do good things. From God’s commandments, we enhance the light of Christ within each us and develop our ability to perceive and act upon goodness.
Continuing in verse 28,
For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
The power in us is the light of Christ. God has given us the ability to know good from evil and choose between the two. In this way, when we come unto Him, it is because we desire it, not because we were forced to it.
Our God given agency is so important because it is the only way to truly come unto Christ and learn to be better people. So choose today to do something good. We have already been given the power. Let’s use it.