I was recently reading and enjoying this portion from the Conclusion of the New Testament, msg. 182:
The one hundred forty-four thousand living overcomers, the firstfruit of God’s crop, will be raptured to mount Zion in the heavens for God and Christ’s fresh enjoyment. Here we see the difference between the man-child in Revelation 12 and the firstfruit in Revelation 14. The man-child is for fighting and for defeating Satan. Hence, the man-child deals with the enemy. The firstfruit is not for fighting but for the satisfaction of God and the Lamb. God and the Lamb need enjoyment. The living overcomers will be the firstfruit to satisfy this need for enjoyment. The enemy, the Devil, in heaven must be cast down by the man-child, who will execute the Lord’s judgment over him. But there is another need in the heavens—God and Christ must be satisfied through having fresh enjoyment. God and Christ are hungry and thirsty, desiring some firstfruit to taste for Their satisfaction. If we realize this, we shall desire to ripen earlier for the satisfaction of God and Christ. Therefore, we need to pray, “Lord, I care for Your enjoyment and satisfaction. For the sake of Your satisfaction, I want to ripen early. Lord, I want to be taken to the heavens with the firstfruit to satisfy You.” This is the attitude of the living overcomers, those who satisfy the hunger and thirst of God the Father and the Lamb, the Redeemer. The earliest ones of God’s crop to mature are for the first enjoyment of God and Christ.
We need to be those who are for God’s satisfaction and not for our own. We need to be those whose eyes are fully set upon the things in the heavenlies, not on our own earthly trials and tribulations.
How do we become the firstfruits?
Revelation 14 shows us that among God’s people growing in His field a small part will be the firstfruit and a great part will be the harvest. Purchased from among men, the firstfruit are those who follow the Lamb absolutely.
O Lord Jesus! May we be these believers who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. May we be those that are led by the Spirit in everything we do and say and are that we could bring enjoyment and satisfaction to God. (quoted portions are from CNT msg. 182) [guest post, Maria]