Oct 14, 2013

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First Fruits

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First Fruits – the earliest fruit of the season; fruit that ripens first; the first products or results of anything.

Why are first fruits important? And, what does it have to do with my relationship with God? These are two questions I hope to answer for you in this blog post.

First, let me say that “first fruits” don’t exclusively refer to money. First fruits are the first of any fruit that comes from your life. Such fruits include your talents, your relationships, and even your time. So, why is it important to give God the first “fruits of your branches?” Because when you give God the first (i.e. the best, the untouched), He is then able to bless the rest. Here’s a personal testimony: I had been dealing with some health issues lately; minor issues but they began to interfere with my day-to-day life. A couple weeks ago I decided to begin every day, as soon as I woke up (before I did anything else), with the Word. In other words, I decided to give God the first fruits of my time. The first day, I immediately noticed a difference in my body. I honestly believe that because I gave God the first part of my day, He was able to step in and bless the rest of my day. Romans 11:16 says if the first fruit is holy (i.e. set aside – like when I set aside my time), the lump or the rest will also be holy: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

So, what does this have to do with my relationship with God? First, let me say that God is not asking you to do anything that He hasn’t done Himself. The Bible refers to Jesus as “firstfruits” (1 Corinthians 15) and the “firstborn” of many brethren (Romans 8:29). If you think about it, God gave His first and only Son so the rest of us could be blessed. So, if you decide not to give God your first fruits, He won’t stop loving you. You’ll still have a relationship with Him; it’s just certain parts of your life won’t be able to be blessed. He cannot touch those areas of your life until you give them to Him. God does not want the first fruits of our lives so He can take from us. No, He wants the first fruits so He can give to us.

…I know, at times, giving your first fruits is a difficult sacrifice, but think about the sacrifice God made by giving Jesus. Then, think about the great harvest that resulted from His sacrifice: you and I free from sin and guaranteed a divine future. **G.I.G.**

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