First Fruits was one of feasts the Lord instructed the people of Israel to participate in annually as a reminder of His faithfulness and His provision. Essentially, a small sheaf of grain was brought into the temple and offered to the priest. The priest would then wave the sheaf as a means of thankfulness for the upcoming harvest and a petition for the Lord to accept their offering.
The most amazing piece of this feast is that the people of Israel presented a thanksgiving offering to the Lord before the knew what the harvest would be like. It's as if God wanted them to posture their hearts on gratefulness for who He is regardless of the outcome. I firmly believe Bethel had the chance to participate in this kind of posture this past Sunday.
On Sunday we celebrated our First Fruits Sunday. The day was designed for our congregation to collectively bring an offering before the Lord for the land we are in a contract to purchase. It was so beautiful to watch our fellowship come up and drop their gift in the basket and pray for God to bless this endeavor. We truly laid our crowns down at the feet of Jesus. Our offering for the day including online giving was $269, 408.37! Even though we are still a little short of our goal, our hearts are grateful for His work in our lives over the past several weeks to bring us all to this point. Please continue to pray for God to be made famous as a result of this project, for our leadership to have wisdom in the days ahead and for the current landowner as we finalize this process.