The word “THINGS” seems like an insignificant word when you isolate it from other words. What does it really denote? It could be any number of, or kind of, or combination of “thing”. And yet, in 3 Nephi 23 & 26, the word, “THINGS,” is VERY significant. Excluding the heading to 3 Nephi 26, the word, “things,” is used 20 times in a chapter that has just 21 verses.
As you read these chapters you will find exactly what the “greater things” are that The Lord wants to give you, and how you can receive those “greater things”.
One thing that I love about this set of chapters is that they don’t just tell you how to receive the “greater things”, but they illustrate it as well. In these chapters we see Christ bestowing “greater things” upon the people as they respond to the “lesser things”.
By way of personal application, we can consider what “greater things” The Lord wants to bestow upon us personally, and ponder what we need to do to receive those “greater things” blessings.
As the Savior taught, if we want the > (greater) things, then we have to make sure that we have taken full advantage of the < (lesser) things we have been given. Remember the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25? Those that were faithful over “few” (< lesser) things were made rulers over “many” (>greater) things.
There are many “things” that I could have put in this post, but your time will be much better spent studying and pondering about the relationship between “lesser things” and “greater things” in 3 Nephi 22-26. I would suggest that you go back and study them in more detail and depth one more time, and see what “greater things” you are able to receive.
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