Saturday, May 12, 2012

Living the Law of Consecration - No Poor Among Us

What is the Law of Consecration and and why should we live it?
In my studies over the years I've come to really believe that the Lord wants to provide us with 'sufficient for our needs'.  More than that is to be used to care for the poor and the needy.  We are 'on trial' as to what we will do with our resources.  Will we use them for self-gratification or as the Lord would have us; to bless those in need, to comfort the weary, to strengthen the feeble knees?

I'm grateful for things I've learned from personal challenges which have made me more aware and sensitive to the needs of others'.  I'm also become very thankful for even the smallest kindnesses in my behalf; the use of of a neighbors' truck to move, a 87 yr. old widowed-neighbor who brought over can of soup and package of crackers to provide a quick lunch during that move, a friend who would text with kind words of support and encouragement when I was completely exhausted.  These are the things that made a difference and these are the things that have mattered most to me in life.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson said:  "...our life on earth is a stewardship of time and choices granted by our Creator. The word stewardship calls to mind the Lord’s law of consecration (see, for example, D&C 42:32, 53), which has an economic role but, more than that, is an application of celestial law to life here and now (see D&C 105:5). To consecrate is to set apart or dedicate something as sacred, devoted to holy purposes. True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives—that is, our time and choices—to God’s purposes (see John 17:1, 4; D&C 19:19). In so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest destiny."


"If . . . we were spiritually ready for the law of consecration, there would be no poor among us. (D&C 49:20.) No wonder the Church stresses the law of tithing, a law to prepare us for something higher. The world looks at the principle of tithing and sees a system of revenue; we look at it and see also a system of salvation, an anticipation of consecration" (Neal A. Maxwell, The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book [1997], 348).

"Consecration is the only surrender which is also a victory. It brings release from the raucous, overpopulated cell block of selfishness and emancipation from the dark prison of pride" (Neal A. Maxwell, "Settle This in Your Hearts," Ensign, Nov. 1992, 66).  

"If the law of consecration were observed, the Lord would have plenty in His storehouse and could accomplish a vast deal more, and none would lack."  (Joseph F. Smith, Millennial Star, June 18, 1894, 386).

Read more about the Law of Consecration.

1 comment:

  1. I realize this post is a few years old, but I thought you might be interested in updating your link for the Law of Consecration at the end of your article to the following:
    https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-student-manual/enrichments/enrichment-l-the-law-of-consecration-and-stewardship?lang=eng

    Also, check out my blog post on the subject here:
    http://machtyn.blogspot.com/2015/10/my-testimony-on-tithing-as-lesser-law.html

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