A willingness to place all on the altar in the service of the Master is critical in the process of perfection.
The disciple of the Savior must follow the example of the Master in his total commitment and desire to serve God and his brothers and sisters.
Those who can discipline themselves in this total commitment move along the path of perfection, whereas those who refuse damn their eternal progress.
New Testament Reading Assignment
Chapter 19, “What Lack I Yet?”
D&C 64:34. What does the Lord ask of his disciples?
Luke 14:25-33. An overview of the requirements of discipleship.
Matthew 19:27-29. What are the rewards of those who serve the Lord fully?
Helaman 10:4-10. An example of the blessing that came to one very faithful servant.
Abraham 3:25. Will we, like the rich young man, be tested concerning our commitment to the Lord?
Jesus the Christ, pp. 476-78. A commentary on the episode of the rich young ruler.
Bruce R. McConkie in CR, Apr. 1975, pp. 74-77. An exposition on the principles of sacrifice and consecration, with a commentary on the incident of the rich young man.
Bruce R McConkie in CR, Oct. 1974, pp. 44-46. What constitutes being valiant in the service of the Master?
Harold B. Lee in CR, Apr. 1973, p. 180. We best serve God by loving and serving his people.
Bruce R McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:551-56. A doctrinal commentary on the incident of the Savior and the rich young ruler. What is the commitment required for eternal life?
Some Suggestions for Presentation
“We Will Prove Them Herewith” (Abraham 3:25)
Discuss the following ideas, emphasizing that like the rich young ruler, our commitment to the Savior must be tested and proven. (A review of Elder McConkie’s talk on being valiant could aid in this discussion. See basic library.)
(It might be well to point out that it is seldom the monumental things that test us. Rather, it is the so-called little things of life that make the difference. Few Saints will be asked to give their lives for the Savior. For most of us, the test will come as we attempt to live the gospel in an alien world.)
“What Lack I Yet?” (Matthew 19:20)
It has been said that the greatest sin is to be conscious of none. In part, perhaps, this was the problem of the rich young ruler. The teacher could use 1 Corinthians 11:28 as a springboard to discussion, asking the students to ask themselves What lack I yet? The list of sins on page 25 of The Miracle of Forgiveness could aid the discussion.