The Principle of the First Fruits
Posted: Wednesday, March 11
Verse of the day:
Throughout the generations to come, you are to present a sacred offering to the Lord each year from the first of your ground flour. (Numbers 15:21)
The first reference, (that I am aware of), to First Fruits Offering is found in Exodus 23:16-19. God tells His people how to worship and says, “The first fruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.” God is requiring that His people, even before the harvest of their crops (their income), give the first part to Him in His House. It was to be given before anything else. The First Fruits Offering was to be in proportion to how God blessed His people.
It is also a time of rejoicing and celebration of God’s provisions. The offering provided the means of doing God’s work, but its primary purpose was to enable His people to “Honor the Lord with the first fruits of their wealth.” In turn, God promises to bless them.
Likewise, God wants to have first place in our lives. Jesus said the first commandment is to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38) When we do this, everything – every other facet of life, will be in its proper place. Jesus continues by saying that we are to, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
So whether it is our income, our talents, our very lives—God deserves the very best we have to offer FIRST—then watch and see how He multiplies and blesses the rest.