First Fruits

The Lord takes seriously the priority of putting Him first. As Mobberly prepares for First Fruits Celebration Day this coming Sunday, I’m reminded of Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” 


I have become overwhelmed with the gracious, sacrificial spirit of our people, but especially our children and teenagers. One youth is committing 30% of her weekly allowance to the Bridge campaign (over and above her 10% for tithe).  Another young person used $5.00 and
spent many hours cooking chicken spaghetti casserole, breakfast casserole, brownies and cookie bars to sell and has raised over $100.  One thing for sure, if the entire church body reflects the willingness of adolescents like this, then the Lord will certainly overflow our vats with new wine. The priority of First Fruits must take place whether we think we can afford it or not.  If we wait till ideal circumstances (or a an ideal/certain economy), Satan will be sure that ”ideal” never occurs. I ran across this unknown poet’s description of this proclivity of procrastination:

 

The groom bent with age leaned over his cane

his steps uncertain needed guiding,

while down the church aisle

with a warm toothless smile

The bride in a wheelchair came riding.

Who is this elderly couple thus wed?

We’ve learned when we quickly explored it,

That this is that rare most conservative pair

Who waited till they could afford it!

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