Talk:D&C 4:1-7

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Verse 3 says "if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work" and verse 6 states "faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work." Can one be called without qualifying for the work? I think it has been said whom the Lord calls He qualifies. What does it mean to be qualified for the work? MJ 16:08, 27 Jun 2005 (CEST)

Interesting question. Certainly it seems possible to desire to serve (and thus be called) without having an eye single to the glory of God (which seems like a pretty high standard). Being qualified is probably a matter of degrees rather than a yes or no type thing. In some sense I wonder if any of us can honestly say we are really qualified to do the Lord's work. In a sense, he is the only one truly qualified to do his own work. Yet we are asked to do it. Further, if all those in the service of God already were qualified, the message wouldn't be so important as it is. Certainly there is a lot of value in those in the service of God reading this section and asking themselves what they can do to better qualify them for the work. This squares with experience in that clearly not all who are in the service of God always have an eye single to God's glory. I'm not sure where I've heard that statement "whom the Lord calls He qualifies" but maybe that means something like what verse 7 tells us--that if we ask of the Lord we will receive the talents we need. --Matthew Faulconer 07:42, 1 Jul 2005 (CEST)