Recently, there has been controversy over the matter of first fruits. This is a sign that very little is known about this Divine Principle even in the body of Christ. Very few ministers teach and preach on first fruit. We are collectively experiencing the consequence of the disobedience and the negligence of this subject matter. Many Christian leaders are not faithful in tithes. How do you expect them to admonish others about a first fruit they are consciously avoid? Until we accept our state, and genuinely repent of it, we are not set for a progressive walk in Christ Jesus.
The recent noise on the matter however has a positive side. While the enemy has been trying to deter many from obeying God’s instructions in giving, many people are coming to understand the validity and blessedness attached to giving God their first fruits. This and more are the reasons for this written admonition. First fruit is not a Church doctrine; neither is it a philosophy of men. It is not just an admonition; First fruit is a Scriptural commandment we must obey. Prov. 3:9 – “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.” Settle this in your heart that, every instruction from above is for your benefit.
For salary earners, First Fruit is the offering you bring to God as your January salary in the year. For business people, your First Fruit is the best profit you make in the first month of your earnings. The doctrine of first fruit is as old as the first family on earth. In Gen. 4:3-5, the Bible reveals that, “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect…” Cain and Abel brought first fruit offerings. They were both entrepreneurs, a farmer and a shepherd respectively. Abel’s first fruit offering was accepted because he did not just select from the first, he selected from the best, to give to God. January is about ending; get set to give God your first fruit offering!!!
Are there Benefits of First fruits? Yes!
Some benefits of giving God your first fruit include;
- Overflowing Blessings: You must understand that every type of giving has its benefits. Tithe opens Heaven and reminds God to rebuke the devourer. First fruit provokes financial surplus and overflowing blessings. Prov. 3:9-10 – “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” This means, no matter your financial targets and goals for the year, once you give God your first fruit, you will not only be able to afford the planned projects, you will have extra blessings. Hallelujah!!!
- It Destroys Disgrace and Ridicule: Giving God your first fruit means honouring Him. Prov. 3:9-10 – “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase…” I Sam. 2:30 reveals that, God honours those that honour Him. If you have suffered disgrace and humiliation in whatever way, try first fruit; it destroys disgrace and ridicule; and secures God’s honour.
- Divine Preservation: Committing your first fruit to God, commits Him to you and your remaining income. Rom. 11:16 – “For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” Because your first salary or income has been set apart for God, He ensures your entire earnings through the year is preserved from waste.
In conclusion, many people wonder how to give God their first fruits. Should it go to the church or to beggars or not a needy group? Neh. 10:35-36 answers that question. It says, “And to bring the first fruits of our ground, and the first fruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD. …., to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God.” Take your first fruit to God’s House. God’s House is any genuine Church, Ministry or Christian Fellowship Centre where God has approved as His place of worship. Yes, there are fake places of worship so be sure that God is leading you to His place of appointment for you. Beware of money launderers in God’s house. When you take your first fruit to the LORD and give to His servant; you have obeyed God. That’s your responsibility, do it and His blessings will not elude you. This year 2018, you will not suffer shame.
God bless you richly. Arise!!!
Deji David Olanrewaju
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