Ever wonder about that verse in LDS scripture that promises that those who are tithed will not be burned at Christ's coming? Ever wonder how something as simple as paying back a tenth of your increase could afford that much protection? Truth is, a real, honest tithing looks like it might go beyond 10% of your material income to include a percentage of your time and talent as well.
Tithing is a preparatory law, paving the way for the higher law of consecration. The higher law requires the willing offering of time, talents and resources to the Lord. So how can the lower law of tithing be satisfied with only a tenth of material resources, exclusive of time and talents? It appears that proper Sabbath observance may be the means of fulfilling the other 2/3rds of the law of tithing, allowing us to be able to offer our time and talents in worship and in the service of the kingdom of God.
24 hours in a day times 7 days in a week = 168 hours. 10% of 168 is 16.8 hours = the equivalent of the average number of waking hours of any given day for a person who gets between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. A tithe of time would then be an offering of the waking hours of one of our days. And we know that the Lord has designated Sunday as that day.
Former apostle, Elder Mark E. Peterson gave us a clue as to how heavy our Sunday observance weighs into our salvation:
Worth noting also is what D&C 59:10 points out as one of the purposes of "his holy day," that we might "offer up [our] sacraments." The latin root of the word "sacrament" is enlightening; it means an oath of allegiance. Of course, the ordinance of the Sacrament is surely that and more...but what if, by offering up our whole Sunday to the Lord, we are weekly forging our alliance with Him? What if we are proving our devotion (or lack of devotion) to Him with the use of our time; whether it is freely offered by placing it in His service or not?
Interestingly, the blessings outlined in the scriptures for keeping the sabbath day holy and paying tithes and offerings are nearly identical. And I can think of no better way to demonstrate to the Lord that our hearts are His...one of the requirements for us to escape the burning of Babylon at His coming.
What say ye?