What are First Fruits?

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10

In Leviticus 23:9-10, God tells Moses to inform the people that they should bring him the first crops of their first harvest season in the promised land. In their obedience, they would remember that they were in the land that the Lord promised them.

Giving our first fruits is a way to honor and thank the Lord for all the provisions we received in the seasons past. It’s different from tithes in that it is not 10% of our income, and it only needs to be done annually. However, it can also be done when God blesses us with a new job or business venture.

How much you give depends on how much you want to honor God with. It could be your first yearly paycheck, your first month’s worth of income, your first paycheck from your new source of income, or any other amount you care to honor the Lord with. However, before deciding how much to give, I would strongly advise praying about it first; and when you give, be sure to give freely and not grudgingly.

Why give first fruits?

  • Giving our first fruits means giving our best to God.
  • Giving our first fruits opens us up to the working of God in our lives.
  • Giving our first fruits shows where our priorities lie.
  • Giving our first fruits shows our obedience.

When giving, whether in tithes, seeds, offerings, etc., don’t think about it as giving to the physical church, but as giving to the Lord. Your giving first and foremost shows your obedience and reverence for God. Your giving will be used for the expansion of the Kingdom of God. Remember, it all belongs to God (and you by inheritance).

This year I gave my first month’s income as my first fruit sacrifice. It was tough because I kept thinking about all that I am saving towards. But then I had to remind myself that the Lord is my provider! I lack in nothing, neither do I want in anything because the Lord is my shepherd! I only have to stay obedient. As Psalm 91:1 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high, shall abide in the shadow of the almighty”. Therefore I declare: I abide in the shadow of the almighty!

I challenge you to give your first month’s worth of income and see how your year pans out! Let me know in the comments if you accepted the challenge.

The first of the ripe fruits and all the gifts brought to the Lord will go to the priests. The first batch of dough must also be given to the priests so the Lord will bless your homes.

Ezekiel 44:30

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  1. Pearl sah says:

    Challenge accepted

  2. This is so interesting, I wish more teachings on first fruits can be done in churches. Sometimes I’m torn between first paycheck vs first month’s income but I’ll challenge myself to give my entire January check. I serve a God of abundance. Thanks Cynthia

  3. This was so good! Challenge accepted!!

  4. I’ve never heard of first fruits before and the thought of it can be overwhelming as a college student because sometimes it feels like I don’t have much to offer and that I should save the little that I have for the future, but this weekend God reminded me of Luke 12:33. “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.” I will be accepting this challenge, because all that I have belongs to the Lord!