The law of first fruits is this; give God the first and best part of everything you have and his word says he will pour out a blessing you can hardly contain. I first read about this in my bible when God received Abel’s gift offering and not his brother’s (Cain).
When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. Genesis 4:3-5
Why did this happen and what is the takeaway?
By bringing some of his harvested crop, Cain did little more that give God some of his leftovers and scraps. With Abel giving God one of his best first-born and best livestock, Abel gave God his first and best while Cain did not. How does this apply in our lives today?
It serves as a reminder to give God the first part of everything we make and have, so he will not only receive it, but so that he will bless us as well. Is there anything better than having God’s favor and provision in our lives? Is anything greater in life than the presence of God; does it not change everything?
Application: Give God the first part of our day in prayer, the first part of our year in a fast, the first part of our check in a tithe, the first part of our thoughts (consider him first in decisions), surrender to him our most valuable possessions.., involve him in all aspects of our lives. Do we not see him where we include him?
God says in his word to us, “test me in this” and see if I don’t pour out a blessing you can hardly contain!
Malachi 3:10 says this – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Proverbs 3:9-10 says Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Part of the learning here is trust, part is obedience, and part is heart-condition. While we do our part (in effort), it is HE who gives us the strength and ability to do so. Let’s honor him together and be good stewards of the resources he gives and so he can enlarge our territory and give us dominion and stewardship over more. 90% is greater than 100% in God’s economy…, think about it. Test Him!
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Bless you and I pray that your heart and mind opens to the great things HE has in store for those who call him “Father”…