As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are familiar with the Law of Tithing. It is a commandment from the Lord that asks us to donate 10% of our income to the Church. Some might feel that it is too much, or that it is not necessary, but let me assure you that following this law is a blessing for our lives.
What is the Law of Tithing?
The Law of Tithing is a commandment that God gave to His people since ancient times. In the Old Testament, we read about Abraham paying tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20). Later on, the law was given to the children of Israel through Moses (Leviticus 27:30-32).
In our days, the Lord has restored this law through His prophet Joseph Smith. The Law of Tithing requires us to pay one-tenth of our income to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do this willingly and with a cheerful heart, knowing that the Lord blesses us abundantly for our obedience.
Why Should We Pay Tithing?
We pay tithing because it is a commandment from God. The Lord asks us to give back to Him a portion of what He has given to us. By doing so, we show our love and gratitude for all the blessings we receive. We acknowledge that everything we have comes from Him and that we are just stewards of His gifts.
Moreover, paying tithing is a sign of our faith and trust in the Lord. We believe that He will keep His promises and pour out blessings upon us. We have faith that He will provide for our needs and help us overcome challenges. We trust that He knows what is best for us and that His ways are higher than ours.
What Blessings Come from Paying Tithing?
The Lord has promised that if we pay tithing, He will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings upon us that we cannot receive otherwise (Malachi 3:10). These blessings can come in different forms, depending on our needs and circumstances. Here are some of the blessings that members of the Church have experienced:
- Financial Stability: Paying tithing helps us manage our finances better. We learn to budget, save, and avoid debt. We also have the assurance that the Lord will provide for us, even in difficult times.
- Spiritual Growth: Paying tithing is a way of showing our devotion to the Lord. It helps us develop a closer relationship with Him and with our fellowmen. We learn to be more humble, grateful, and generous.
- Protection: Paying tithing is a way of obeying the Lord’s commandments. It helps us stay on the right path and avoid temptations. We are also protected from physical and spiritual harm, as promised in the scriptures (Doctrine and Covenants 82:10).
- Opportunities: Paying tithing opens doors of opportunities for us. We can receive education, find employment, serve missions, and contribute to worthy causes. We can also bless the lives of others and make a difference in the world.
The Law of Tithing is a blessing for our lives. It is not just a duty, but a privilege to give back to the Lord a portion of what He has given to us. By paying tithing, we show our faith, obedience, and gratitude. We also receive countless blessings that enrich our lives and the lives of others. May we always remember the importance of this law and strive to follow it with a cheerful heart.