Posted 15 June 2010 - 11:46 PM
Just some thoughts:
The thing that keeps me paying tithing is the covenant I have with the Father. But the covenant does not cause the relationship, it merely seals it. The relationship was from before I came here, before the veil was pulled down upon my consciousness. The relationship was close back then, and it is not as close as I'd like it to be now. But the promise within the covenant is of something even greater than what we had when I was a spirit in the pre-existence. It is a promise that I shall relate to my Father face to face, where both our faces are flesh and bone. We will embrace with corporeal arms, and he will begin instructing me on the use of keys of unfathomable power.
Every act of obedience, including paying tithing, keeps me current in the covenant. I don't pay it for any earthly gain, and I don't pay it to avoid being burned at the coming of Jesus. I pay it so as to partake in the everlasting burnings of Isaiah 23:14. This to me is the great blessing that there is no "room to receive" here in mortality. Wealth, property, and means for temporal power come and go like a wind whether I pay tithing or not.