“I also give you all the best olive oil, the best new wine, and the grain that is offered to God as the firstfruits of their harvest—all the firstfruits they offer to God are yours. Anyone in your household who is ritually clean may eat it.” – Numbers 18:12-13
Farming sustained the Israelites’ life. Lacking the local Wal-Mart, Winn-Dixie, Publix, or even a refrigerator, their meals revolved around their crops. Each year as the new crops began to grow, they began anticipating new crops since they were still eating the crops from the previous year. That is a long time to eat leftovers! As they gathered up their first load of grain, or their firstfruits, it may have been tempting to use their fresh, new grain to make a tasty loaf of bread. But instead, they ground it into fine flour and delivered it to the Temple as an offering to God.
The Israelites gave God their firstfruits as a way of telling Him, “We trust you to come through.” Firstfruits were a sign of things to come. They trusted God to provide more crops for their families. Unless we are farmers, our firstfruits will look a bit different from for the Israelites. What are your firstfruits? Is it your time? Is it where you pour out your passion? What is your best? Some people advocate for quiet times first thing in the morning, but that may not be your best.
What God desires is our best. What God desires is first place in our lives. Put God first, give Him the best, and depend on Him to provide the rest. God is faithful and He will always come through.