Firstfruits: This is a word that is rarely used today; however, it was an important principle in the Old Testament. People were to honor God by giving Him the firstfruits of their time, the harvest, and all of their resources
God has given you His best, and He wants the same from you. This statement is easily confirmed by Scripture:
- Exodus 23:19: You must bring the best of the first produce harvested from your soil to the house of the Lord your God.
- Proverbs 3:9: Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest.
Paul used the the churches of Macedonia as an example of the Principle of Firstfruits:
During a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity. I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability, they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints, and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God’s will.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Do you give God the firstfruits of your life or the leftovers? Think about it: What if every member of the church was like you?
- How much prayer would there be if everyone prayed like you?
- How many people would hear about Jesus, if everyone shared their faith as often as you do?
- If everyone served like you serve, how many hungry and hurting people would be helped?
- If everyone attended church as often as you, would the church ever be filled?
- If everyone gave as you give, could the doors of the church remain open?
Paul encouraged Timothy to be “an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity (I Timothy 4:12).” What kind of an example are you? Where is God in your life? Is He first, last, or somewhere in between?