The Israelites were repeatedly reminded of the importance of giving their firstfruits to the Lord. What are the firstfruits? The Israelites were to give the first and best of the harvest. They were to give of the new wine, grain, oil, honey, and all that the fields produced. In 2 Chronicles 31:4-6 the people gave exactly that. They also gave, “a great amount, a tithe of everything. The men of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the LORD their God, and they piled them in heaps.”
In the church we give on the first day of the week. But we also give everyday. We give of ourselves, our time and our money to all sorts of causes. We give to others, to ourselves, to God, etc. It is sometimes easier to write a check to someone or something than to actually give of our time.
What if we gave the very best hour of our day to God and others?
What is the very best, most productive, and alert hour of your day? What if you were to give that hour each day to God and others? We often give God the sleepy hour just before we fall asleep or the hour in the morning when we aren’t very alert to reading the Bible and prayer. Many times we are tempted to give some of our most alert hours to ourselves. What if we applied the firstfruits and tithing concepts to our time? What would that look like? What would it look like for you if you gave the best and most productive part of your day to God? What do you think that would result in?
One link is happy.
One link is sad. I think they call this extortion but I am not certain of all the details.