1. My favorite part of that parable is the practical implications for me and my family. There is nothing preventing me from consecrating my excess possessions to the Lord, via the bishop. The example of the car is perfect—if I have an extra vehicle that’s functioning, instead of selling it, why couldn’t I first consider giving it to the bishop to then give to whomever he judges is in greatest need of it? It seems so simple, I’m amazed I’d never thought of it. The fact that we don’t have a united order or United Firm within the Church structure nowadays doesn’t prevent me from consecrating my increase through the existing Church structure.

  2. aeon

    “In conclusion, the submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we “give,” brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us.”(“Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father,”)

    President Boyd K. Packer
    “Perhaps the greatest discovery of my life, without question the greatest commitment, came when finally I had the confidence in God that I would loan or yield my agency to him— without compulsion or pressure, without any duress, as a single individual alone, by myself, no counterfeiting, nothing expected other than the privilege. In a sense, speaking figuratively, to take one’s agency, that precious gift which the scriptures make plain is essential to life itself, and say, ‘I will do as you direct,’ is afterward to learn that in so doing you possess it all the more” (Obedience, Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [Dec. 7, 1971], 4).

    The only “thing” that is truly ours, is our free will. This is why the plan of Lucifer was so wrong.
    Christ was perfect because He followed that doctrine and did the will of the Father in all things.

    Are we willing to consecrate our agency ?

  3. The Savior gave His all, even his life for us,as the Redeemer, for the greater good of us. The above comments are
    good. are we, as individuals,willing to give up the world and its pleasures for following the eternal plan, the Gospel.
    What should be our attitude when asked to do things in the Church? Do we complain if we are to go to the Temple
    for a Stake Temple session? To help clean the meeting house on a Saturday? To give a talk in Sacrament?
    Or to call our home or visiting teaching families?
    Do we approach these as opportunities for service to our brothers and sisters, to advance the Lord’s work here?
    Positions in the Church come and go, yet our attitude is important too. Do we give freely of our time,talents to
    members of our family and others?
    The law of consecration is meant to show to what extent we are willing to live by every word that proceeds from
    the mouth of God. Are we willing to do our best keeping the commandments of God?

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