Deuteronomy 26 explains. In the Old Testament the purpose of the firstfruits was to give honor to God for all He had done, to remember and glorify Him for taking the Israelites to and from Egypt, multiplying their number, delivering them, and giving them the Promised Land, for an inheritance. Thus the firstfruits is a show of thanks for “cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant…” (Deuteronomy 6:10-11).
What is my firstfruits offering? I wonder. Lord let me offer these firstfruits to you always ~
According to John 14:26 the very first followers of Jesus experienced the blessing of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—they received the “first fruits” (Holy Spirit) and I believe those of us who know His word and follow Him today receive the same. It is that same Holy Spirit which allows us to see and hear; to understand and follow Him. Without His spirit we just can not, no matter how we try.
13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”
We were created in His image, and the promises made then are as true for us today as they were for the Saints we read about throughout the Bible. We are firstfruits; we are and have the promises unto us. We must share these.
We must remember, He saves. He calls and chooses who He wills. I know I have struggled with this at times. And that is when I pray that He may soften my heart towards that fellow Brother or Sister in Christ that I can love them as He does. I read once, and loved it, that we should pray for God-Goggles. Give me eyes to see others; as He sees. Amen!
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Did we understand that? He begat us. Not the other way around. I hear people all the time, joyously say how they found God; they chose God. And it saddens me that we think it is so simple. If it were so, it seems to me that the birth and death and resurrection, they lose meaning when its as easy as “choosing: our Lord. Sure we must choose, but first we must be called. And then we must be chosen. And along the way, it can be a rocky path. It isn’t easy. It’s never easy. But it IS worth it.
WE are His firstfruits. We are in His image; we are called and saved by HIM alone. We ought to bring our firstfruits to Him, every morning when we wake. Give thanks to the Lord for He is so good. He endures; He forgives, every time, so many times, I fail Him and yet, still He loves. He corrects, He teaches. He is patient and gentle and good. And we ought to be as well. These too are fruits we can present to the Lord. Whether in the money we make; the foods we eat – in ALL things we are to remember He is Lord. All good things come from Him and in acknowledging this, in counting those blessings and giving thanks always, we are presenting Him our firstfruits.
We are to be that living, willing, sacrifice. (Romans 12:1) Let us give, joyfully and thankfully, of all that we have. Counting the blessings and giving glory to the one who provides all things.
Bless His great name.