Saturday, May 12, 2012

Stewardship and Law of Consecration

by Heidi Allen Garvin

I've pondered much on the Law of Consecration.  Recently I blogged on my personal site 'Simply Mormon' about living that law and having no poor among us.

At the end of that message I posted the following statement by Elder D. Todd Christofferson who 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."

It's a sweet reminder to us all about the importance of putting the things of the Lord first in our lives.  Everything else will either fall into or out of place.

Are we wise stewards?  Have we overcome selfish tendencies.  Do we fast and pray for determination to do whatever the Lord would have us do no matter the cost?

Recently I had occasion to ponder on the setting of oneself apart from the world and dedicating of self to holy purposes.  I hadn't quite thought of it in the way that I did during that time but...the Spirit taught me some things that were needful and ennobling.

It seems to me that as the draw of the world becomes greater - it is even more vital to put our trust in Him and commit our desires and intentions to His work.  He gives us comfort and protection and promises that if we keep the covenants that we have made with Him - there will be 'no greater joy' in this life or the next.