Most of the time, when we hear about first fruits, it is during the offering on a Sunday.
Commonly followed by Proverbs 3:9, which says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” Or the other many verses that mention this.
This is from a book I LOVE (and totally recommend), “How To Worship A King” by Zach Neese.
The church should be making the best music in the world, because music is not the realm of Lucifer, it is the realm of God. We should be making the best movies and writing the best books. We should be the best artists, solders, governors, doctors, husbands and wives, politicians and pilots in the world. We should be ushering in the next renaissance. We should be initiating the next cultural revolution; We should be making art that converts our culture rather than being entertained by media that subverts the culture of God. If we will stop offering God ‘special music’ and offer Him true ‘worship’-the absolute best we have-we can win the attention of the world.
Are we thinking big enough when we are asked to give our first fruits? Our first fruit should not only be in our offering, or our treasure, but also our time and talent.
We MUST bring our best to the King of Kings. Bringing God anything mediocre is not a just offering or sacrifice, it’s an insult.
“…And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick: Thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?” Says the Lord. “But cursed by the deceiver who has in his flock a male, and take a vow, but sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished-For I am a great King,” Says the Lord of hosts, “and My name is to be feared among the nations.” – Malachi 1:13-14
I know this is heavy, but it should be. As Zach Neese says in “How to Worship a King”,
“I could bring a curse upon the ministry I steward by offering God less than the best we have. I have a responsibility to the people of God to make sure that our offerings of music are excellent offerings, the best that we can bring. It may not be the best in the world, but He is not asking for that. He is asking for the best WE can bring.”
I’m aware this is pretty specific to music, or as a worship team (that’s what this book is about), BUT I think it applies everywhere, to everyone who follows Jesus, or serves God in some capacity.
Always always always bring your best, even when you’re tired, frustrated, feeling empty. It’s worth it my friends.