Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Follow Me Moment

I have always considered myself a self-aware person. For the most part I have benefitted from this trait, but I have come to realize that to be self-aware is very different than being able to take a good hard look at yourself. That is a whole different story.

Facing the truth of our weaknesses and sinfulness is not easy. It’s something we don’t like to dwell on. But the path to the knowledge of how much God loves us and His almost incomprehensible mercy and forgiveness depends on our ability to see and admit our sinfulness. And to repent, to change.

We can live in the muck of our sinful ways for a long time, denying they exist, downplaying their impact or rationalizing them away. We go our merry way putting more value on our selfishness than the value in turning ourselves away from sin and following the Light. We can let shame keep us from the relationship God is calling us to.

That is what we saw in the story of Levi, the tax collector, this week in Truth Be Told. Living in the sin of greed and dishonesty for so long, Levi became numb to it. Jesus knew this but also knew his heart. Jesus approached him and said “Follow me” and he did. Something in Jesus made Levi ready to come clean and to enter this life-giving relationship.

He saw something of true value in Jesus. He was ready to change. That change brought great blessing. The knowledge of God’s love and forgiveness transformed his life.

Have you ever had a “Follow me” moment in your life? A time when it felt like something was pulling you, asking you to move out of your comfort zone and into a new place spiritually? Is it happening now? Does this pull include a good hard look at yourself? Is that what is holding you back?

Nothing but love and forgiveness is waiting.

Don‘t miss it.
Joan

Truth Be Told Video – Session 2, Week 3

Truth Be Told
Session 2, Week 3
Obstacles to Relationship
Bible References
Luke 5:27-32 Eating with Tax Collectors
Luke 7:36-50 Woman with the Alabaster Jar
Luke 12:13-34 Greed and Division

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Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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