“That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name there…” (Deut. 26:2)
Honoring God with our lives also consists of honoring Him with the very first of our increase. Our increase is anything that has been added to us, in addition to what we had previously. Seems simple, right? If so, then why do we have difficulty in being obedient to this command?
Returning the first of all our “fruit” to God is a way of acknowledging that all of our substance has come from God’s bounty. It is also acknowledging that we would not have access to this bounty had it not been for God’s favor and provision being extended to us. We cannot profess to engage in true worship to God without honoring Him through our remembrance of His goodness and faithfulness to us throughout our lifetime, and more specifically during our wilderness wandering. This is also inclusive of our deliverance from whatever our “Egypt” may have been and the entering into our land of promise.
Returning the ‘tithe’ or ‘firstfruit of our increase’ is our way of saying, “Thank God, for all of Your goodness, mercy and grace towards us!” So let us ensure we render unto God what rightfully belongs to Him: honor and gratitude for His goodness toward us for He has truly given us all things to enjoy (1 Tim. 6:17)!