Back in November of last year, one of the Children’s Sermons focused on giving. The main highlight was the concept of “Share, Save, Spend.” The children were taught that before running off and spending money, they should first take a portion of it and split it into a share group and a save group. The concept of first taking a portion to share is something we know as “First Fruits.”
Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your product; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.Proverbs 3:9-10
Aside from our farming members who would welcome “literal” barns filled with plenty, the rest of us must look to this scripture more figuratively: Honor the Lord with the first of our labors and we shall be blessed with plenty.
The concept of “First Fruits” is important for all of us to remember when we are planning out our budget and how best to allocate the gifts we are entrusted with. When budgeting, the most important items are the first ones that are at the top or taken care of first. Just like the importance of a retirement plan or general savings, so too should be our gifts to the Lord. Conversely, the items that wind up at the end of the budget are typically the things that are not of the highest importance to us….