Mosiah 2:22-24 (#123)
We often think about how hard it is to keep some commandments.
However, King Benjamin points out that many times the blessings for keeping a commandment can be immediate, and that the size of the blessing far outweighs the difficulty of keeping the commandment.
Take some time to name some of the immediate blessings you get (or trials you avoid) from keeping various commandments.
22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.
23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him.
24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?
Tithing, then, is one of the bedrock foundation principles of exaltation. And, as it turns out, when a man pays tithing, the Lord opens the windows of heaven and rebukes the devourer so that it doesn’t cost him anything, but really puts him far more ahead than he ever could have been if he had not paid it. It is a principle of great promise and brings eternal joy and happiness.
Who, then, can afford not to give the Lord his tenth? Surely neither you nor I; which witness I bear.