Verse 9: “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase.”
Firstfruits are often thought of as the ten percent God required from the children of Israel. Although they are simultaneous, they are not synonymous. By that I am saying the tenth was expected of the firstsfruits, but a tithe is not synonymous with firstfruits. A tithe in the bible literally means tenth or ten percent. Firstfruits in Scripture is the Hebrew word (ray-sheeth') and means beginning or chief. Today's gold nugget is God's call for us to make Him "chief" or "first" and speaks to His expectation of being number one. It speaks of God as being our highest priority and is the sum of His expectation from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
We would be wise to admit making God number one does not come naturally. Our nature demands that we be first. Even those of us who are convinced that we are not first in our lives need to question who is. Is God first, our children first, or even our spouse first? Maybe even someone we are in pursuit of, but God will never settle for second place. He is entitled to and worthy to first in every aspect of our lives.
Lord, help me today to make you first in all things. You are worthy . Amen
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