I was reading about how the Lord looks at iniquity. How we become puffed up with pride if we become rich, and we look at the poor as less than ourselves (Jacob 2:13). I can tell you that I have had to repent of this sin. It is a natural inclination, but it would destroy my soul (Jacob 2:16).
The scripture continue:
“Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you.
But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God.
And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good – to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.” (Jacob 2:17-19).
I know that this works! I can credit Christ for all of my riches. There are many who have more than me, but I have much for which to be thankful, still. I can tell you that the Lord has blessed me because I have paid my tithing. He has taken me from being close to bankruptcy; but the bankruptcy never occurred. I can tell you that I paid a lot to contribute to the building of the Newport Beach LDS Temple; and the next thing I knew, my dad gave us a gift of exactly how much I contributed, and he did not know how he had contributed to building the temple ( I just told him about that event a few weeks ago).
I am richly blessed, and I can tell you how good it feels to share my blessings. I love having people over to our home, so we can share our beautiful home with them. It really warms my heart to share these wonderful blessings; and I still don’t think that I share enough.
I truly believe that all of what I see is the Lord’s. He trusts me with its stewardship. Also, as others trust me, they share with me more of what is the Lord’s. Therefore, through this trust relationship, I am given more, as we share each other’s bounty, for the good of all. What a wonderful principle of faith!