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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 13, 2020

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FRIDAY, November 13

James 1:18 In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

In ancient times, the first fruits of the fields were given as a tithe—the finest and choicest produce was delivered as a tribute to God and for the sustenance of those who served in the temple. If you garden, you know that the first harvest is usually the prettiest. By the end of the season, the fruits of your labor are a little lumpier, smaller, a bit more blemished. They still taste delicious and nourish bodies with their nutrients. Some are even sweeter for their longevity.

When we hear that we are the “first fruits” in the scriptures, we are being told that we are the finest, most delectable fruits of creation. As such, we are dedicated to God. We may often feel a bit more like the banged-up carrot in the bottom of the patch. I suspect, if we asked, we might find out that the oldest, gnarliest turnip in the bunch gives God as much pleasure as the unblemished one.

MOVING FORWARD: This weekend, find a special way to offer up the first fruits of your day—your time and your attention—to God.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Ruwenzori (Uganda) and Dornakal (India)

Ps 88 * 91, 92 | Joel 2:28—3:8 | James 1:16-27 | Luke 16:1-9

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