Good morning and Welcome to Church! This morning we come and celebrate together in our tradition that we call “First Fruits Sunday.” Our theme or idea on First Fruits Sunday is that we come to honor and symbolize that we, in our lives, are giving the First Fruits of our lives to our Heavenly Father. We will bring our gifts to God this morning as a symbol that we believe that we are nothing without God, and we acknowledge that, both inwardly and outwardly.
In Luke 21, verses 1-4, we see the story of the widow who put a very meager offering into the temple treasury. Jesus looked upon that offering and He said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
That is a wonderful and powerful testimony that I think we would be wise to learn from. But, when doing so, it’s also important that we understand what’s really being said and what’s happening. In this story, Jesus isn’t measuring the amount she gave. And, in this story, Jesus isn’t measuring the amount others gave. Jesus isn’t honoring her because she gave more, and he isn’t condemning others because they gave less. It’s also important to see that Jesus isn’t admonishing those who have more, to give more (although He probably expresses that sentiment in other places, just not here).
I think the story in these verses is that she gave by faith almost all that she had, trusting that God could do something far greater with it to bless the Kingdom and to bless her.
This story is what First Fruits Sunday is about: giving with a heart of faith from our First Fruits, and trusting that God can—and will—bless us and His Kingdom abundantly for it. Giving sacrificially and expectantly at all times should be a joy for the follower of Jesus Christ. And it should also be a test and show of faith.
God doesn’t need our money; He wants our heart. And, once He gets our heart, He doesn’t then just get our money, He gets our life, which means that He then gets the First Fruits of everything we have. Let’s worship the Lord today with hearts that are full and grateful.
All for Jesus,