The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

Give God the ‘First-fruits’ of Your Time

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‘…I require…the first-fruits and the choicest of your contributions…’ Ezekiel 20:40 AMP

In the Old Testament, the first part of the harvest was to be offered to God in gratitude. So when God says, ‘…I require…the first–fruits and the choicest of your contributions,’ it means instead of fitting Him into your agenda you must put Him at the top. Notice: He wants your ‘first–fruits’, not your leftovers. Increasingly, Christian bloggers are saying they’ve trained themselves to start each day by giving God the first–fruits of their time. Realising that they’re not going to get through the day peacefully otherwise. So, at the beginning of the day, they spend as much time with God as necessary to walk in the Fruit of the Spirit throughout the day. Giving the choicest part of the day to God gives Him the ‘first–fruits’. Giving Him the first moments of the morning helps keep our priorities straight for the rest of the day. If you want to be like these bloggers, don’t use this gift of time with God to mull over your problems. Set your heart as the Psalmist did: ‘…I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, “You are my God. My times are in Your hands.”’ (Psalm 31:14–15 AMP) Note the words: ‘my times are in Your hands…’ Each day will bring times of joy, times of testing, times of challenge, and times of temptation. That’s why you need to pray, ‘Lord, each hour of this day I’m depending on You. Let my words, my attitudes, my decisions, and my actions bring glory to You.’

SoulFood: Jonah 1-4, Luke 9:28-36, Ps 141, Prov 4:18-19

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015

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