The Best Fruit

Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase.”

–           Ecclesiastes 3:14

One of life’s little pleasures is getting to the fruit bin at the grocery store right after it has been restocked. On the other hand, it is not much fun to have to pick through a few wrinkled pieces after the rest of the world has handled it moving a spongy apple out of the way to get to the crisp ones.

There isn’t much joy in trying to decide which bananas to take home when the all have more black than yellow on them. Then, there are always the grapes which are so old and shriveled, you know if you wait 30 more minutes, you’ll be able to buy them as raisins.

And, again, as if the condition of the fruit itself wasn’t bad enough, you know everyone else has picked these up, handled them and then moved them to the side. YUCK!

We deserve better, right? We are paying good money for these things and we want the best, right?

Let’s us consider for a moment the verse above. A lot of folks think this verse is just about money, but what is your “increase?” Are not all of our blessings in life added to us? Our jobs, our time, even our families?

Why then do we spend ourselves with so much effort in every direction and then bring whatever is left over (if anything) to God?

How many folks are just “too tired” or “too busy” to take time to honor God on a daily basis, much less go to church? Or, even for those who do, don’t have the physical or emotional energy to engage in fellowship and worship because they are drained from all other activities?

Maybe God feels like we do at the “picked over” produce bin.

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