First Fruits

 

You may remember that this Jewish feast called Shavuot, celebrated two events: the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai and the spring festival of First Fruits.

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This year we had a series of talks in Community which dealt with the theme of First Fruits. You may remember that the fruits of the first and earliest harvest of the year were presented to God as a thanksgiving for the larger harvest. It was therefore an acknowledgment that all is gift and God’s blessings will follow on the rest of the harvest.

 

 

 

This is a good time for us to stop and take stock.

What impact and decisions has the Lord’s call to present Him with our first fruits left in our lives? The Jews used the 50 days between Passover and Pentecost to examine themselves and see how much they actually were obeying God’s commandments. In preparation for next Sunday we can do the same.

So why not sit down in prayer and go through the check list, renewing your decisions before Him where is needed.


The Best of Our Time: The First Fruits of Prayer and Fasting
Give God the first minutes of each day in prayer.
Look up Luke 10:38-42

The Best of Our Life: The First Fruits of My Heart
Give God the first priority of our heart and our decisions.
Look up Matt 6:24-34

The Best of Our Days: The First Fruits of the Week
Give God the first day of the week in Eucharist / Sunday Worship and worshiping Him alone.
Look up Psalm 95

The Best of our Material Blessings: The First Fruits of Our Income (Generosity)
Give God the first of our material blessings.
Look up Luke 6:38 and 2 Cor. 9:6-7