Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ether - Chapter 9

20 And thus the Lord did pour out his blessings upon this land, which was choice above all other lands; and he commanded that whoso should possess the land should possess it unto the Lord, or they should be destroyed when they were ripened in iniquity; for upon such, saith the Lord: I will pour out the fulness of my wrath.
I think we have a lot of progress to make as members of the church with regarding our property in light of the admonition to "possess it unto the Lord."  We don't quite yet embrace the Law of Consecration though most of us have made such a covenant.  It is clear what will happen if we don't get this concept.  I think this is a classic case of violating the principle spoken of in Doctrine and Covenants Section 58:
26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
The mere payment of tithes is not, to my mind, an adequate indicator of possessing our stuff unto the Lord.  Most of us then assume that the rest is ours.  The Law of Consecration teaches to the contrary.  None of it is ours and all of it aught to be used to build the Kingdom and further the work of the Lord.  This does not mean that we give it all away.  The strength of the Kingdom we are trying to build lies right inside to doors of the homes in which we reside.

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