37 And now, my beloved brethren, I desire that ye should remember these things, and that ye should work out your salvation with fear before God, and that ye should no more deny the coming of Christ;
38 That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.
In studying the scriptures, I often find it helpful to look for formulas. Here, Amulek puts the responsibility of working out our salvation directly on our shoulders, but in certain, specific ways.
- Contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but receive it
- Take upon you the name of Christ
- Humble yourselves even to the dust
- Worship God in whatever place ye may be in
- Live in thanksgiving daily for the mercies and blessings bestowed on you
This is not a prideful, ‘earning your way to Heaven’ type of work. It is a humble work, “relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save” (2 Nephi 31:19). Everything given to us in the restoration: the gospel, ordinances, priesthood, is to help us draw closer to Christ.
Our first step in the process of coming unto Him is to stop resisting the influence of His spirit. We can contend against the spirit by the things we choose to allow into our lives, the media we consume, the way we spend our leisure time. If we do not feel his influence as we would like, perhaps we need to figure out a way to carve a space in our lives that gives him room to work with us.