Give God the First-Fruits of Your Time

“I require… the first­fruits and the choic­est of your con­tri­bu­tions.”
Eze 20:40 AMPC

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 first­fruits 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 ‘first­fruits,’ not your left­overs. One Bible teacher put it like this: “I’ve trained myself to start each day by giv­ing God the first­fruits of my time. I’ve real­ized that I’m not going to get through the day peace­ful­ly if I don’t… . So, each morn­ing I get cof­fee, and usu­al­ly while still in my paja­mas, I spend as much time with God as I need to in order to feel I can behave prop­er­ly and walk in the Fruit of the Spir­it through­out the day. I’ve learned to use the best part of my day to give God the best part of my heart. Giv­ing God the first moments of the morn­ing helps keep my pri­or­i­ties straight for the rest of the day. Don’t use this gift of time with God to med­i­tate on 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” (Ps 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.”

Source: The World for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, EUA.