First fruits is the principle of dedicating our “first things” to the Lord, so that everything else can fall into their proper position. It’s about aligning ourselves with God’s order. The Biblical principle of first fruits can be summed up like this: the “first fruits” establish the destiny of what is left. The principle of first fruits is a type and shadow that has been fulfilled by Jesus’ arrival on earth, His sacrificial death, and rising again to ascend to heaven. Jesus is the “first fruit” that God received of His harvest of sons and daughters He will one day receive from the earth. The pattern of Jesus’ life is an establishing of the destiny of “what is left:” you and I who trust in Jesus Christ.
To live the abundant Life that God has for you, you must be a “doer” of the Word – not just a “hearer.” God’s Word contains instructions that are not natural to our flesh. I sometimes say that the meaning of submission is “duck” or “get out of the way.” When we get out of God’s way, and surrender fully to Him, we experience supernatural blessing!
When you put God first, by obeying His principles and following His divinely established patterns, your life becomes aligned with His plan and promises for you:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jer 29:11 NIV
We must make God’s presence our priority. When someone or something has priority in your life, that means it has precedence; superiority in rank, position or privilege. That priority item or person is FIRST. If we don’t set priorities in our life, we tend to follow the path of least resistance. We must choose to make the change. PUT GOD FIRST IN EVERYTHING!
Any time a “first” becomes a “second,” everything else is pushed into a different priority, creating chaos. Our priorities have become out of order, so we get into confusion. Confusion is disorder with darkness, so it’s not of God. Our foundation is putting the cornerstone, Jesus Christ, first. When we put God first, all priorities fall in their proper place
“Seek” by implication means indirectly “to worship”. There is a connection between seeking and worship. Whatever is driving you, whatever you are seeking after, is indirectly being held up by you as valuable. Otherwise, you wouldn’t chase after it! Whatever you are seeking first, then, is not only being held up as valuable…it’s so valuable and desirable that you are putting it first.
For that reason, first things are significant to God. Are we seeking God and His kingdom first? The key to His supernatural blessing is that we find God and His kingdom so valuable and worthy that not only do we seek after God and His kingdom at some point throughout our day ..we seek Him first.
The word “FIRST” in the text above is Greek and it means “Chiefly, first of all.” Looking backwards, the word first fruit in Hebrew in the Old Testament means “Foremost or first in time, place and order of importance.” What are we putting foremost, first in time, place or order of importance in our lives? Let’s make it the kingdom of God and His righteousness!
Worshiping God as a lifestyle means to build a life that denotes His worth, honor and reverence. The phrase “the kingdom of God” in the text above means “Who God is and His way of doing things.” Because you are a part of the kingdom of God, you are a part of a royal priesthood, a privileged class!
He said, “And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom” (Luke 22:29-30, NKJV).
However, we can’t expect the multiple blessings of God to manifest in our lives if we are not holding up our end of the covenant. Remember, every kingdom has a method of rule; prescribed conduct, which keeps order and holds the kingdom together. God will always fulfill His part, but we must ask ourselves: am I fulfilling mine?
There are specific requirements for all those who walk by faith. We have to do it according to God’s way! Hosea 4:6 declares, “My people perish because of lack of knowledge.”
What we don’t know can destroy us…. You must have real knowledge and wisdom for the application of His patterns, principles and precepts to truly prosper. What we learn from God’s Word will sustain us, provide for us, care for our families and loved ones, give us victory, direct and protect our dream, set us free, bless us and so much more!
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’”
(John 8:31,32, NKJV).
God’s covenant is His law. With that covenant we have everything we need – every promise of God is ours when we apply and stand on His Word. As Peter wrote to those in exile after the resurrection of Jesus:
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises,
so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust”
(2 Peter 1:2-4, NASB).
The pattern of Jesus’ life is an establishing of the destiny of you and I who trust in Jesus Christ. We are a part of a glorious kingdom, and have a calling and purpose in Christ here on earth. Whatever you are seeking first, then, is not only being held up as valuable…it’s so valuable and desirable that you are putting it first. When we seek Him first, we can be sure that He will supernaturally add everything we need to our lives!
As you incorporate the “First things first – GOD FIRST!” principle as the root and foundation of your life, you will see how this attitude blossoms and transforms every area – your family, relationships, health, career and finances. Let’s start fresh for 2016 – keep Him first every day!