The Principle of First
Posted: Wednesday, January 31
Verse of the day:
“Dedicate to me every firstborn among the Israelites. The first offspring to be born, of both humans and animals, belongs to me.”(Exodus 13:2)
A few days before Christmas I arrived at the church office to find a large plate covered over with tin foil on my desk. My immediate thought was ‘this looks promising.’ As I peeled back the foil there was a pile of chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven! These cookies provided a fantastic breakfast and I was blessed not only by the baker’s generosity but also her thoughtfulness in delivering the gift in such an expedited manor.
Contrast this to how you’d feel if someone showed up at your home a week after Christmas with some leftover cookies and treats from the holiday that they couldn’t finish. They were kind enough to think of you, yet you were clearly an afterthought, not a priority.
Many Christians have an understanding of the tithe: that God asks for 10% of any financial gain that comes our way. Exodus 13:2 teaches a complimentary principle: the principle of first. In this passage God says I want your firstborn child, and I want your firstborn animals. God is not saying go have 10 sheep, and then give me the tenth lamb; God is saying ‘give me the first lamb before you know if there will even be a second.’ Tithing does require faith but to put God first is an additional step of trust in our Heavenly father.
God desires to be in first place in every area of our lives.
What would it look like if God came first in your time? How much time would you spend with God in prayer, Bible reading or serving at church if God came first?
What would it look like if God came first in your plans? How would you allow God to direct for goals for where you want to be one year from now?
What would it look like if God came first in your finances? How much would you pay God and when would you pay him? Does the mortgage and visa get paid first or does God?