Who do you think of first when you need help? Who is first on your list of friends? Who do you shop for first when you’re going to buy gifts? We as humans put an emphasis on being first. It has the idea of being primary, or most important. With this same mentality, God asks us to give Him the first of what we receive.
Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:” Back when farming was the commonplace occupation of most people, it was common for a person to refer to their initial harvest as firstfruits. Imagine, a farmer working hard to plow, plant, and possibly water his crop. All summer he watches it grow. When it finaly comes time for the first harvest, he treasures the produce of labor. He wants to enjoy his labor. If you have a farm, or you’ve ever gardened, I’m sure you understand. That first of what he receives is what God asks to be given of.
God wants to be honored with the very best, the first! I don’t know how you are provided for, whether by farming or paycheck or otherwise, but however God blesses you, God wants you to honor Him with the first or best of it. He doesn’t want to be put off, forgotten, and given the leftovers. He most certainly is deserving of far more. God deserves the best, and that is what He requires.
So I challenge you, next time you receive a profit, think of God first. Think of what you will give Him, and make provision for your gift. Let’s honor the Lord with the first!
If we do, He promises to reward us greatly!
“So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:10