As Christian believers here on earth, the God has urged us that out of our income every month, that we should always set aside 1/10th of our monthly income to give to church, needy and lots more we shall discover in article.
“The principle of First Fruits is when we give the first and best of our fruit to God”
‘Fruit’ in our modern day context means: income, wealth and finance. So at the start of each year, families and individuals bring a special financial offering that goes way beyond our normal tithing or offerings. We follow in the footsteps of great biblical leaders by coming to God and giving the first of our wealth and the best of it to God.
It’s a sight to behold each year at TCC, when you see countless people giving extravagantly to God. The air starts to charge through January as we fix our eyes of God and live in acquiescence and confidence. We here stories of sacrifice and generosity where people go above and beyond to bring their best.
Here’s the amazing part…
When we give to God in obedience and affection, He gives back to us. Let’s read what King Solomon said again, “Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your thanks will overflow over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
God fills our lives to overflowing! Subsequently, God moves in amazing and marvelous routes in circumstances that no one but He could resolve. We hear of breakthroughs in health and finance, relationships and families, careers and mental health. Literally when people put their faith in God, God reveals His faithfulness to His people.
Most Christians today like I use to hear them argue of where is the best place to give their first fruits or tithe.
Let’s treat that issue now.
Where Is The Best Place To Give My First Fruits Or Tithe.
As I have repeated in all of these posts, there is no direct answer. I firmly believe that God leads us all differently in this area. It is worth noting that the Hebrew word for tithe means “tenth” and that is where the 10% value comes from.
Originally, the tithe was to be for the Levites who had no other job but to be priests and poor in the community. So directing your first fruits to any kind of service that serves the Body of Christ or those who need help is everywhere God can accept.
But God puts people and circumstances in all our paths. So every single person has a different lead on the plain
So without wasting so much time, let’s quickly get to some of the top 6 ways that you can give your first fruits as a believer in Christ.
Top 6 Ways You Can Give Your First Fruits To God As A Believer In Christ.
1. You Can Give To Your Local District Church
Giving to your local church is probably the most obvious way. And while there is nothing wrong with giving to your local church, I think there is a great mistaken notion that your tithing should go there.
When that is not true, The truth is that you should always pray about where God wants your money to go. It could be a week that you have other plans. Or that You need to be someone else’s prayer answered. It is really important to pay tithes in prayer so that you can send God’s money where He wants it to go.
However, if God leads you to donate to your local church, that is the best place to donate your firstfruits. However, I would like to warn you that if you are giving to your local congregation, be sure to do so willingly and with a humble heart.
I’m actually worried about the weeks that pass the collection plate. There are several reasons for this. First, we must give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9: 7) (not under obligation).
We must also be humble in everything we do. When a collection plate is passed, it can make you feel guilty if you do not include something, and it is more likely to make a show of giving rather than privately and humbly.
I prefer it when the churches choose to have a collection box that you can donate in private and in private.
2. You Can Give To Online Ministries and Christian websites
While the advent of the Internet has opened many doors to evil, it has also opened many doors for true worship. There are countless online services and Christian websites that offer advice, support, lessons and encouragement in your walk with God.
There are even those services that promote the show on YouTube and offer video sermons for those who do not have a local church and this is a blessing for the Christian community!
So the next time you find yourself browsing the internet, consider prayerfully if God desires that your tithe go to one of these online services. The church is not just a building, it is the Body of Christ, and we are all members who love and serve Jesus.
3. You Can Give To Various Offline Christian Ministries Offline
While most services these days will probably have a website, you may encounter a personal Christian ministry that God authorizes you to provide.
Maybe it’s a homeless service, a children’s ministry, or a tract service, or something like that. If you find a brother or a sister in Christ who is working hard to spread the good news, consider giving your first fruits in support of the ministry to which God has called you.
If you want to donate privately you can also find out if they have a website and donate to it, or simply send them a check or money that can help further their ministry to God’s glory.
4. You Can Give To Christian Podcast And Radio Stations
There are many beautiful Christian podcasts out there these days. But do you see how much it costs to use this kind of thing? There are many tools you need, let alone your own time. Offering these types of services is a great way to donate your first fruits.
Or perhaps you have a Christian radio station that you regularly listen to. You might even consider donating to them. They can usually have a website and if not you can call and ask where you can send donations.
Also, if a brother or sister in Christ is spreading the Word of God accurately and truthfully, it is appropriate to at least pray for God to lead you to give it to them or not.
5. You Can Donate To The Needy, Less Privilege And Orphanage
Do you always pass homeless people on your way to work? Or do you always see someone on a street that you often visit? Ask God if you should direct some of His money to those in need. Matthew 25 teaches us that when we choose to help those in need, we are also helping Jesus:
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in; I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me. ”—Matthew 25: 35-36
If you are not comfortable giving money to the homeless for fear that they will use it for addiction, then consider buying them hot food or packing a home care package with non-perishable food, water and other luxury such as a scarf, etc. Click here to learn more about how to create homeless care packages.
Just remember to stay safe and trust in the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
6. You Can Help A Friend In Needs
Sometimes we are placed in the right place at the right time to be the answer to someone else’s prayers. If you find yourself in a situation where a friend needs financial help, food, etc Maybe God put you there to be His hands and feet.
Indeed, like all other ways you can give your first fruit, you should do so prayerfully. Maybe you want to find a way to give them anonymously, or maybe you’re worried about taking advantage. Ask God for His will to make the situation known to you.
But if you decide you want to help a friend, this is a good place to guide your first fruits, as long as God leads you to do so.
Now you’ve learnt how you can how you can give your first fruit or tithe and also ways you can redeem it and were to redeem them.
You can also ask questions using the comment section, and I will be able to help you answer your questions happily.