Back in the Bible days, the Israelite children would honor God by giving Him their first fruits. This would include their produce but also the cattle they'd use as a sacrifice. There is even this appointed feast in the Spring called "Feast of First Fruits" where they all bring the best and first of their Spring Harvest. A feast that displayed the Israelite's understanding that without God they would have nothing.
In today's world, though there are some farmers out there, this same principle can be applied in a different way. Because of busy schedules and lives, we have often succumbed to giving God whatever it is that we have left. The issue with this is that it's missing the culture of honor. When we don't honor God with what He has given us, how can we expect for Him to cause us to overflow? I am not mentioning a "you do, God does" principle here, but a practical Biblical principle. A culture of honor welcomes the presence of God and His presence brings prosperity.
When you wake up, you should give God your attention first. Not after you've been boggled down with social media notifications or bill payment reminders, but before. Whenever you pray or sing His praises, it shouldn't be half heartedly but done with such reverence in an intentional manner. First fruits also involves choosing to put God first, even before yourself. Because lets be real, without Him you indeed would be nothing. And apart from Him you would bear no fruit. (John 15)
So what's my instruction? Honor God, put Him first and give Him your very best! Watch how He increases you!
“Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.”
Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV
“I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.””
Psalms 16:2 NIV
Song Meditation: First Always by Jonathan McReynolds
Listen to today's song meditation here.
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What are your first fruits to God? What currently keeps you from giving God your first fruits? What will you do to ensure you create a culture of honor around in your daily fellowship with God?