Saturday, 25 July 2015

Firstfruits - Sunday

For the last couple of years (okay, okay, maybe longer) I have battled to go to church.

I have tons of excuses:
  • I don't agree with something they say, 
  • Our girls don't like the church we want to go to
  • There is someone there who annoys me
  • Not close enough
  • Not far enough
  • Not how I would like it to be
  • The parking is a problem,
  • Too early
  • Too late
  • Not how it used to be...

You name it, I have the excuse!  My husband and I had sort of decided where we wanted to go but we just had not gotten around to it.  Lazy, tired, busy, another time, etc etc.

We have just been away for 3 weeks and in that time we both read the book "The Blessed Life" by Robert Morris.  What an amazing book!  Such a blessing to read.  Slowly but surely, I will blog about the things in this book that have impacted me.  But for starters, let me deal with Sunday mornings.

I have trained myself to think of Sunday as the last day of the week.  My last opportunity to de-stress before Monday.  My last weekly opportunity to do, well, as little as possible.

This book has reminded me that Sunday is actually the first day of the week, and by going to church on Sunday I am offering up to the Lord, the firstfruits of my week.  God says that He wants our firstfruits, of our earnings, of our time, of us really, and He will bless the rest.  

Rom 11v16:  For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy;  and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

Surely if I want my week to be blessed then to offer up the firstfruits of my week is the least I can do.  

Now I don't want to do this, offer up my firstfruits of my week, in order to get the rest blessed!  But the way God works, that is exactly what will happen.  I am also not saying that from hereon out, if I go to church on Sunday, the rest of my week will be awesome always.  But I do know that I can know with confidence that God is with me whatever the week holds and therein lies the blessing for me.  

I want to give the firstfruit of my week to the Lord because I want to honour Him, thank Him, show Him I love Him, show Him how grateful I am for all He has done, and is doing in my life.

You have no idea how excited I am to go to church this Sunday.  There has been a total mind-shift in my head that Sunday is the FIRST day of my week.  And I want to have the most blessed life I can, despite myself (lol) so I WANT to give God my firstfruits!  

So join me in giving God the firstfruits of our week, every week, and lets trust His word that the balance will be blessed!

God bless
Tracy

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe that the Lord is going to show me the value in the firstfruits, in our lives and in relationship with Him.  How many times do we read words in scripture and it all sounds good but we don't get down to the nitty gritty!  Well, it is nitty-gritty time!  Time to tackle firstfruits and reap the rewards of understanding God's word better.



9 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post, Tracy! I never thought of it this way, either, but it sure makes sense. This sounds like a great book, and I am looking forward to reading the future nuggets you will share with us! Hope all is well with you and your family. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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    1. Hi Cheryl, the book is amazing and eye-opening. I will definitely be sharing more here :)
      God bless

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  2. Tracy, this is a mind shift for me, too. I like thinking of Sunday as the first day of the week - the day that I need to realign my heart for the rest of the week. I didn't attend church for many years, and I found that the enemy really takes advantage of us when we are separated from fellowship. Lately, I have battled again to go as I find myself so tired by life circumstances. But, when I miss it, my encouragement-meter is faulty!!

    Great post!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, those are some tough seasons, being away from the gathering of the brethren. We don't realize how much we need others, and, truly, how much we are needed.
      God bless my friend

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  3. Ohhhhhh my precious friend, you hit the nail on the head with this one for me!!!!! Apparently I need to readjust my though process as well!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    xoxoxo
    Stacey

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    1. Hi Stacey, it is a mind shift isn't it?! I especially love that because we give back the firstfruits, God blesses the balance. Such a great principle to experience
      God bless

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  4. I absolutely love this post! I can feel your excitement throughout this blog entry.
    I pray massive blessings as you give God your 1st!
    Super excited for you!!
    Anon M

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    1. Hi Anon M, thank you, I pray the same for you :)
      God bless

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  5. Tracey, so recognisable. How Sunday and Church - don't mix! When my children went through that phase I found it hard - and lonely, attending church without them. What a wisdom. Now, I too don't attend church regularly. Having uprooted myself a number of times these past 15 years I have yet to 'find' my spot. My Wednesday evenings are my saving grace. I have recently started blogging them - that way the message and insights go even deeper. Thanks for sharing. Certainly a valuable message many of us needed to receive.

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