First Things First Pt. 2

Posted on 02 Apr 2023, Speaker: Ken Miles

The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God. Ex. 23:19

Your future success is determined by how you handle your first fruits.

Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10

The purpose of a first fruit gift is to put God first.

Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else. Matthew 6:31-33, NLT

Give God First Place in your Life:

  • First in priority
  • First in quantity

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matt. 6:31-33

  • First in order

When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.

Give God the First Day of the Week.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

Give God the First Hour of the Day.

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35

If God is first in our life, then He should be first in our schedule and first in amount of time spent.

This ordering of our lives is our Firstfruit Offering.

1. Put God first in your reading.

Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prov. 8:10,19

2. Put God first in your mind – meditate on Scripture.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Ps.1:2-3

3. Put God first at your work.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Prov. 16:3

Not constantly looking at the sun, but doing everything in the light of the sun.

4. Put God first when you have a need or problem.

5. Put God first with your talents and abilities.

6. Put God first in decisions.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Ps. 37:23

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5–6

7. Put God first in your relationships.

8. Put God first in your music.

9. Give God the first portion of your pay.

And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s: it is holy unto the LORD. Leviticus 27:30

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  Matthew 6:19–21

10. Put God first in your marriage and family.

11. Put God first in your leisure and entertainment.

12. Put God first upon retiring to bed.

And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips when I remember You on my bed. Ps. 63:5-6