The Measure of Giving – First Fruits

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As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They bought a great amount, a tithe of everything. – 2 Chronicles 31:5
Several places throughout the Bible, God encourages us to give the first fruits of our ‘crops’ (income). Why did God specify the first fruits — not the middle portion, not the last portion, not the leftovers — but the first fruits? While it is true that God called the children of Israel to offer the choicest and best of what they had to Him; could it be that the issue God was addressing was more about our trust than about money? Would it really matter which portion you gave if it was the exact same amount? Probably not, but the issue is really not about giving as much as it is about trusting God.
Giving the first fruits requires greater trust than at any other time. Do we believe God will truly supply all our needs, including our finances, if we freely give a tithe of our first fruits? The Bible clearly states, Blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. (Proverbs 16:20).
A close walk with the Lord requires us to put our complete trust in Him, including areas of our life where we are prone to forget who really owns it all. We can be assured that God will meet all our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) Remember, Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barn will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10)

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