|A Spiritual Calendar involves all of life and all of your needs, hopes, and dreams. Heavenly Father knows you have material needs, but to base your life on securing temporal things shortchanges you from far greater treasures. After Jesus explained that Heavenly Father was well aware of our material needs and was fully prepared to satisfy those needs, he urged us strongly to (Matthew 6:33) ... seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.|
Spiritual well-being involves finding and achieving meaning, vision, and value in life. It is discovering who we are and what we can be. It involves building our relationship with God, acquiring His characteristics and learning His ways. As Heavenly Father’s children we are to grow and develop to be more and more like Him. As we learn the laws (principles) upon which blessings are predicated, all of the world’s abundance become more and more available to us and others.
There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated – and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated. (D&C 130:20-21)
We need to view and plan our lives through spiritual eyes in order to see everything in correct perspective.
Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created. (D & C 29:34)
As stated by Paul in Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink: but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Jesus came to earth to show us how to do this. As we study the life of Jesus Christ and seek his guidance, we become more and more like him, and he is like the Father. Paul wrote that we can grow step by step toward our desired likeness to Jesus Christ.
... we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory. Even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
We are to seek the kingdom of God, but the kingdom is not somewhere outside of us we can travel to. It is has to be built step by step within us:
Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or lo there! For behold the kingdom of God is within you.
We wish to return to Heavenly Father and live in his presence, but to do so we have to have His kingdom built within us. Think of the joy of living with God and His other children who have all established the kingdom of God within them. Think of the joy on this earth of living with others as they more establish their inner kingdoms of God. What could be more important for you and your loved ones this year! What about material and temporal things? They will be added to you.
Let’s talk awhile about how hard you should try to enter into His Kingdom. In Matthew 7:7 the Lord says concerning seeking the kingdom: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. At first, I thought these were three separate things, but as I examined the topical guide for ask, seek, and knock I found all three referred to the same thing. Then it dawned on me. The Lord was using the Jewish language and culture to emphasize how hard he wanted us to try. In the Jewish language and culture they didn’t use our word forms like good, better, and best to indicate relative values. They simply repeated what they wanted emphasized three times. For example, Holy, Holy, Holy meant not just Holy, not just better than Holy, but total complete Holy. When Moroni visited Joseph Smith in his bedroom he came 3 times and repeated the same message each time. This meant his message was not just important, not just more important than that, but it was totally important to the utmost degree.
So, let us assume you are at the door of the Kingdom and you wish to enter. You are to ask, seek, and knock. In other words, you are not just to try to enter, you are not just to try better and harder than that, but you are to try your total best without reservation. You might role play this. Knock on a door as if you meant it. Now, knock on the door even more forcefully. The third time, knock on the door with your utmost force and intent and don’t stop.
Now, for the beautiful part. As you are knocking on the door with your total utmost to be let into the Kingdom of God, Jesus Christ is on the other side of door knocking for you.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
There is space on each calendar month with the words: ask & receive – seek & find – knock & enter. Use this space to ask questions you want answered or for direction in your life.
Notice that Sunday Spiritual Refreshment is the largest day space on the calendar. That is because it is the most important day of the week. Success on Sunday not only gives you the Lord’s refreshment, but the perspective to lead you through the rest of the week. Plan carefully how you can truly make Sunday the Lord’s Day.
You will also notice one character trait listed each week you may want to consider appreciating and strengthening in your own life and within your family. That could be your theme for the week.
|You may want to print or have access to the items below to enrich your calendar experience:|
|The Importance of Rest and Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy|
|Ways to Celebrate the Sabbath and Other Spiritual Times|
|Special Organizing Sheets to Help You Plan for the Best Life Possible|