God teaches us the principle of first fruits when it comes to our increase. Everything that comes as the first harvest, first fruit actually belongs to God. Your first contract, first salary of the year or at that new level, your first profit, first harvest all belong to God as the first fruit. The principle of the first belonging to God means that you acknowledge that God is the one that gives the increase and your increase will continue because it comes from God.
Many people have a principle called last fruit. They want to give God the leftovers instead of the first fruit. They go shopping, get that new dress, pay their bills, make investments, give to their favourite charity then given God what is left over. Some actually think that God doesn’t need their resources. The honest truth is that greed is at the core of this deliberate decision to put God last. Let us fill our hearts with excitement as we anticipate our income and how we shall gladly, joyfully bring it into the house of God with great celebration. Refuse to follow Cain who got bitter because he expected to give God leftovers and still be treated like those that give God the first fruit. Let God be first in your life as you give Him your first fruit.
SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 4:1-5 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
DEVOTION PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me the value of first fruit in Jesus name amen.