First Fruits

Lynn | Thoughts & Reflections | Monday, August 23rd, 2010

We are called by God to give the first fruits of our labors. Whether our money or our sons, the message is clear. God wants our best. Not because He needs it, but because our first fruits represent our love for our Heavenly Father.

Do you give your earthly father “seconds?” If he joins you for dinner, do you feed him what was left from the night before? Of course not. Even if your earthly father is not around, your Heavenly Father is always there for you, no matter what. We can never “pay Him back” for the gift of salvation, but we can give the best of what we have.

For us, first fruits represent a sacrifice. But in God’s economy, we are just sending it on ahead. He alone holds on to our most precious possessions until we return.

What better way to show our love than to give our very, very best; our sons? They are, after all, on loan to us from God. We were the selected parents who saw a child grown into a man; a man of compassion, purpose, responsibility, and love for others. A man (or woman) who understood sacrifice. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

We wanted more time. We weren’t finished. But consider this: If this world is just our stopping place until we reach our ultimate goal of Heaven, and if Heaven is even just a fraction of the glory told about in the Bible, aren’t our heroes enjoying the best of a place we spend our lives longing to reach? Think of it this way. You have a ticket to the most awesome event you can dream of (your choice here). You really want to go and your son really wants to go. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Wouldn’t you give the ticket to your son and then wait for another opportunity to come around for yourself? Most likely you would give the ticket to him because you want him to have the best and the joy is in the giving.

Our sons are our first fruits. They are the best we have to give. God knows that and we know that. Consider this verse: “The righteous perishes, and no man takes it to heart; merciful men are taken away while no one considers that the righteous is taken away from evil.” Isaiah 57:1. Maybe what we think of as “going away” is really “getting away.” It’s getting away from an evil and corrupt world to live at “home,” the most glorious place we could ever imagine.

For us, first fruits represent a sacrifice. But in God’s economy, we are just sending it on ahead. He alone holds on to our most precious possessions until we return.



Account Executive at Sika Sarnafil
Lynn is an accomplished writer and business professional with a BA in English, an MBA, and JD degrees from prestigious Universities. Lynn has worked in the construction industry for 35 years.

She is also the mother of an American Hero. Her only child, Sgt. Rhys W. Klasno was killed in action on "Mother's Day," 13 May 2007 in Haditha, Iraq. Read her American Hero Tribute Blog and check out her Roofing Solutions Wonderkid Blog

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  1. WOW, yes, taken away from evil! What a Blessing it will be and is for those who have gone ahead of us! Our first fruits which are most dearest to us, that is the ultimate sacrifice! Your writings are awesome Lynn, thank you for sharing, when I read them I’m always inspired! thanks, Love you, Patsy

    Comment by Patsy McKee — September 23, 2010 @ 5:52 am

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