If you’re around church long, you’ll likely hear about “firstfruits.” This traditionally refers to the first of a crop that is recommended to be offered to God. That is generally taken a step further to make tithing relevant for today.

Romans 11:16 (CSB) “Now if the firstfruits offered up are holy, so is the whole batch. And if the root is holy, so are the branches.” (Don’t worry, I’m not going into a tithing message here, although I do believe it is still important.)

Paul is clearly making reference to a tree starting out right as a seedling and then going on to grow strong and sturdy (as he goes on to talk about branches being grafted together and believers being divided or grafted).

My focus here is the last part, “If the root is holy, so are the branches.”

How did you start your day today? Did you pause for a moment to invite God in? Did you open His word to find something motivational? Starting with a fresh, solid, Biblical foundation on a daily basis is how we will BECOME EVER MINDFUL!


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