Today you should read: Leviticus 23
It’s so easy to live our lives with Jesus as an add on to our already busy lives (work, school, sports, entertainment, hobbies, family, friends, etc.) After all of these things, church and Jesus can be thrown in whenever we get the time to serve or worship. Having this type of attitude is the opposite of what we see in Scripture today as we read about giving God the “first-fruits” of our offerings.
In Leviticus 23:9-14 the people were told to bring a sheaf of grain to the priest who was to offer it to the Lord and all other grain was not to be harvested until doing so. This was to show that God was our first priority in their life and provision. If you’re asking what that has to do with your life or if you’re trying to say that this is Old Testament “stuff” you don’t have to follow anymore, then pay close attention to these New Testament passages where it’s symbolically used as the first of many converts in that region where the Gospel was being preached (Romans 16:5). We are also looked upon as God’s first fruits of His creatures (James 1:18) that are set apart more than anything on this earth for God’s glory as believers. Lastly we see Jesus as the fulfillment of the first fruit offering in His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20).
In conclusion, gotquestions.org summarizes this idea of first fruits in this way: “In summary, firstfruits symbolizes God’s harvest of souls, it illustrates giving to God from a grateful heart, and it sets a pattern of giving back to Him the first (and the best) of what He has given us.”
Do you give God your best? Do you prioritize God as first in all of your life?
Posted by: Erik Koliser