Alma 5:16

I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?

Reference:

Devin G Durrant, LDS General Conference, October 2015

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

Alma is going about the congregations of the Church of Christ preaching. Some he calls to repentance an some he encourages to hold to the faith.

Related Scriptures

This makes me think of another place in the New Testament where Christ teaches about judgment day in the parable of the talents. In Mathew 40:21 he says to the first faithful servant,

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

This is the joy that I hope to have when I return to Him.

Thoughts about this scripture:

Alma is a very powerful teacher. It's interesting to me that in a verse such as this one he can call the guilty to repentance and the righteous encourage them to hold to the faith. "can you imagine to yourselves" forces us to put our selves in a position to jude our selves with the eye of the Lord. (Or the best we can manage)

We know ourselves, and unlike other men we know our own hearts. The Lord will also know our hearts on the day of judgement. So next to the Lord we are our own best Judges. And if we imagine that we are judging ourselves with the knowledge of ourselves that we posses, but with the standards or righteousness, we will feel called upon to both repent, and keep to the faith of Christ.

How does this strengthen my testimony

When I read this verse, I am filled with both a love of Christ, and filled with a desire to repent. I want to be better than I am. I want to be pleasing to Christ on that day when we meet.

This verse gives me the will to keep to the Lords path and follow him with more dedication as I imagine what our meeting could be like. What it can be like if I am faithful and do my best.