Being a pioneer in any pursuit is one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences anyone can have.
Armstrong, Hillary, Bannister. What do these names mean to us? They were all pioneers. Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to climb Mt. Everest and Dr. Roger Bannister was the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes. They were all first in their field of endeavor.
We, too, are called to be pioneers, or firstfruits, in God's Kingdom. The three pioneers mentioned were all part of teams. Neil Armstrong was accompanied by Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins, plus the backup of Mission Control in Houston. Sir Edmund Hillary had the help of his Sherpa guide, Tensing Norgay, and many others in camps along the way. Roger Bannister was helped by a team of coaching staff and medical advisors.
On our pioneering journey to God's Kingdom we need the support of our fellow workers in the local churches. We also need the invisible spiritual support team of God's Mission Control.
In Exodus 17:8-14 Exodus 17:8-14  Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
 And Moses said to Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.
 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
 And the LORD said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
American King James Version×we see an example of Moses relying on close teamwork to hold up his hands during a time of war. We must hold up each others' hands. We also pray to enlist the spiritual help from God's Mission Control.
Pioneers have an absolute belief that they can achieve their objective. In Proverbs 10:24 Proverbs 10:24The fear of the wicked, it shall come on him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
American King James Version×we are told that our desire (belief) will become a reality. We must concentrate on our vision of God's Kingdom of beauty, peace and harmony.
As pioneers, it is essential that we obey the rules of our calling, God's commandments. Encapsulated for us in Exodus 20:1-17 Exodus 20:1-17  And God spoke all these words, saying,
 I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
 You shall have no other gods before me.
 You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.
 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
 Six days shall you labor, and do all your work:
 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates:
 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: why the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on the land which the LORD your God gives you.
 You shall not kill.
 You shall not commit adultery.
 You shall not steal.
 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
 You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is your neighbor's.
American King James Version×, they mark the boundaries for us on our journey.
Jesus Christ is the ultimate pioneer. He made it as the first into God's Kingdom. We can be next to join Him! Paul confirms our calling to be the firstfruits and in the first resurrection to join our fellow pioneers from all ages (1 Corinthians 15:20-23 1 Corinthians 15:20-23  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
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It's a wonderful future for us all. Much more exciting than going to the moon. We shall experience galaxies yet undreamed of! Much better than climbing a mountain. We shall reach higher and greater wonders. And much more exhilarating than a four-minute mile. We will travel at the speed of thought! Truly wonderful!