It’s funny how you can enter a conversation with someone expecting to take away one thing and leave with something completely different. That happened the other day with my brother; what began as a chat on careers and professional strategy ended as a lesson on faith and instructions on how to effectively execute quiet time.
My brother touched on communicating with God early in the day; giving Him the first fruits of our time. When I first wake up I may utter a “thank you” to God but immediately check my phone to see if I missed any calls or texts and then scroll through my social media pages to see if I have any notifications. In those precious first moments of my day, I’m mindless scrolling and comparing myself against others’ accomplishments when I could be going to God for strength and instructions on how to conquer the day ahead. When I think first fruits, I think tithes but God wants first everything.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6: 33)
Commentary: What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly become most important to you if you don’t actively choose to give God first place in every area of your life.
So this past week I went about putting God first and let me tell you I can see and feel a difference! One of the most clear areas I can see a difference is at work. I feel lighter and not as tense. It’s like my spirit is being filled and I have more of myself to give; more compliments to share; more smiles to spread.
“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?’ ‘Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.’ Elisa replied.” (2 Kings 2:9)
Commentary: God granted Elisha’s request because Elisha’ motives were pure. If our motives are pure, we don’t have to be afraid to ask great things from God. To have the Holy Spirit’s help, we must be willing to ask.
So given my experience, I definitely encourage you to seek God first and give Him the first fruits of your time; I’m sure you’ll see tangible blessings as a result!
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