This was a piece about giving and firstfruits that I shared during the Sunday service at Victory Quezon City on May 17, 2015.
Whenever I hear the word “giving”, I’m reminded of the phrase “giving my best”. We give our best in school. We give our best at work. We even give our best to our visitors. I don’t know if you do the same thing, but every time someone visits our home, we tend to put the best things out. We cook our best dishes, we take out the best plates and silverware… basically, we give our visitors the very best.
Nobody is forcing us to give our best, and we may not get anything in return, but we just do it. We do it out of the abundance of our hearts.
That’s how the word “firstfruits” was described in Deuteronomy 26. The people of Israel offered their firstfruits to God as a response for bringing them out of slavery. It says in verse 8, “And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm”, and they go on saying in verse 9 that God gave them “a land flowing with milk and honey.”
If we go back to verse 8 and apply that to our daily lives, “The Lord brought us out of Egypt”… we could very well replace the word “Egypt” with any challenge that we faced in the past.
- Financial difficulties? And the Lord brought us out of financial difficulties
- And the Lord brought us out of sickness
- And the Lord brought us out of any problem in our life
And He did all of these with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.
So think about it… If we give our best to our visitors, our peers, our family and friends, how much more to our God who delivered us, rescued us and brought us out of difficult situations and into a place of abundance where milk and honey overflow? Doesn’t He deserve the best that we can give?
Let us pray.
Father God, we thank You because You, our Lord, brought us out of difficulties and challenges with Your mighty hand and outstretched arm. Right now, Father, we declare that You deserve our firstfruits. And as we give, we place You at the center of our lives. We lift our prayers up to You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.