About First Fruit and what the Bible says about it...
I have been reading a lot about first fruit of resent and i really want to know more about it.
when it comes to giving your first fruit to the Lord, how am i meant to go about it?
Does it matter if I am paid weekly, bi-weekly or monthly or even daily?
what do i do to be sure that i am doing the right thing? should i give all my 2 weeks salary or i add up my 2 weeks salary for 2 consecutive months to make a month?
I will like to understand the issue better.
Thank you and God Bless
When God talks about the First fruit, it is yourself, first thing in the morning, you lift up your eyes to Heaven and you give yourself to HIM. You give him praise and gloyfy His name, He woke you up in the morning. Everythng belons to God you put Him in all your business, you discuss it firts with the Master manager, He is the Director. Your fist fruit represent the prais that you give Him in your thought trough the day.
Yes you give to the church for the building of the body of Christ and yes your tiths are to be paid. But the frist fruit is yourself to the Master so He can direct you through the day. Do not leave Him out of anything.
Bless Sorry any spelling mistake plese forgive me Angela
I think this is an excellent explanation it has open my eyes.
Kia Ora Arin
i thank you for bringing this up as i also would like to know please.
It is a subject or topic that i am constantly beating my head about.
My parents especially my mother are strong Christian people, and it is good to see, however, i dont believe that we tithe as mentioned in the bible, a tenth of what we earn is what is offered to our Lord - however with us, we give more than a tenth to the congregation and we give it to our Minister as what we call "alofa" everyfortnight as his payment..i feel at times that i am being robbed of my Blessing and that i am robbing God of what should belong to HIM.
It doesnt go into the storehouse, but to the Minister and his family..
for me yes i ask the same question as Arin of how and also i am seeking advice and help to where and who should it go to???
Hope to hear from you all soon
In response to Kia Ora Arin:
If you "don't believe that we tithe as mentioned in the bible", that's the word of God speaking to your heart. The Bible is your first authority on giving. It's alright to give to the pastor if that's your desire, but it should not be mandatory. Is your pastor also receiving a salary from the church?
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ
For me it is a personal thing. For me, the first fruit is simply that - it is first - my first garden produce, whether it is eggplant or pawpaw - goes to my Senior Pastor as he represents God in my life. Not only that - the difference of my pay as in my previous pay and the next pay (whihc now has an increase of another Fifty-Two dollars), therfore the additional $52 goes to my Senior Pastor personally (I visit him and inform him that this is the 1st fruit.). For me the First Fruit is not the Tenth nor the Offering - it is separate and is the First Fruit. So, therefore my tithe goes to my church in an envelope 10% of my pay and in addition the Offering (which for me should be 10% but nowadays it is getting difficult). The First Fruit is not every pay but only given when an increase in pay comes about. And guess what my brothers and sisters..... the pay keeps increasing every year because He is forever Faithful to His promises...... May our Good Lord continue to bless you all...... blessings....
The response to First was an excellent response.. i would like to add to it if i may.. First friuts always comes down to give God the glory first in everything you do... when you wake up till when you fall asleep.. but when it comes to tithing.. it is your gross pay that must be tithed.. it must be the first check you write before any other check.. when you get gifts.. when you are in servie to another... Giving money to your shepherd or Pastor is an incredible blessing of another kind.. being humble in giving it and know that you are financially able to do this relieves the Pastor from his worries and allows God to flow easier.. i know this may sound weird but finances and money is a large characteristic of the bible in many tests of our will..so be blessed and continue to give with expectations that the Father will bless you and your family beyond measure... Hope this helps..:) Z
HOPEFULLY THIS HELPS. I USUALLY TITHE 10% OF ALL MY EARNINGS. IT'S HARD TO DO AS A LUMP SUM SO IT'S MUCH EASIER TO JUST TAKE 10% OF EVERY CHECK /MONIES RECEIVED. I PERSONALLY THINK ITS BEST TO TITHE TO THE CHURCH YOU ATTEND ( WHY ATTEND IF YOU DONT HAVE FAITH IN THE CHURCH OR ITS USE OF PROCEEDS.) . I FEEL THE ONUS OF WHAT TO DO ( HOPEFULLY MISSIONS, HELPING THE NEEDY, ETC) WITH THE CHURCH PROCEEDS IS UP TO THE PASTORAGE/ CHURCH LEADERSHIP. I HAVE PERSONALLY FOUND THAT I RECEIVE MORE & DO NOT LACK WHEN I TITHE EVEN THE SEEMINGLY PAINFUL AMOUNTS. YOU ONLY OWN 90% (THIS SHOULD BE MORE THAN ENOUGH AS THE LORD WILL SUSTAIN U) . GIVE ATLEAST !0% TO HIS WORK. REMEMBER THE WOMAN THAT FEED THE MAN OF GOD WITH THE LAST MEAL FOR HER AND HER FAMILY.
I KNOW ITS HARD BUT I MADE A PERSONAL VOW TO DEDICATE MY FIRST FULL PAY TO GOD, I PAID IT TO A CHURCH I WENT TO AS A YOUNG CHILD. THE CHURCH REALLY HELPED MOULD MY LIFE AS A CHRISTIAN. IT WAS HARD GIVING IT ALL (I EVEN CHEATED & GAVE IT LATER IN THE YEAR) BUT IT'S WELL WORTH IT. STILL REAPING IN HIS ABUNDANCE.
STUDY THE WORD (BIBLE) ABOUT TITHING SO AS TO KNOW FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT A SHADOW OF DOUBT. CHEERS!
Nowhere is tithing mentioned in the New Testament. Having gotten that out of the way, I must say that your church is not the only institution thru which you can give your first fruit to the Lord. In actual case in these days of charlatans of OWNED churches where "pastors" own jets while church members struggle for the basic necessities of life, there are many places and people outside churches that your offering TO GOD would benefit more. Once you take the veil of cult-like churches off your eyes, you can begin to see the deliberate misinterpretations of the Bible to suit these "pastors" and you would find not only joy in giving but abundant blessings. These blessings are not the I-give-thithes-and-God-gives-me-tons of material benefits in return. You may even discover you can give much more than tithes.
Of course you should contribute to your church but watch those glib and fast-talking "pastors" that abound in ravaged-by-thieving-politicians African countries like Nigeria and give only what you can afford. God cannot enjoin you to give what you should spend for your basic needs to churches which is what these millionaire pastors preach in such countries.
Think of it like this, God owns the whole lot. "God chooses to give you 90% and requests 10% to further his kingdom". He is the source of everything. Money says a lot about a persons heart.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6 Verse 21
Sometimes he may ask for more from someone, but 10% is what is instructed by the Bible.
Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year
Deuteronomy 14 Verse 22
If your not in tune with God via Prayer and Bible reading then this can be hard to establish.
I agree with majority of the comments, be wary but BE HONEST because when you know what God wants, which 10% is the baseline, then you can go from there.
In simple terms, first fruits is 10% of every monetary blessing you receive (e.g. Salary (That's a blessing in itself), any income apart from a job, selling a car ABOVE what you paid for it, a work bonus, etc). If you are paid $1300 a fortnight then 10% is the first fruits of that (Usually around $160 on a gross basis) should be paid out firstly.
Even simpler terms of first fruit "The first dollar of every $10 you receive is the first fruit of that $10 and so on" which is like Deuteronomy says above. If your pay increases to $11 then $1.10 then becomes the first fruit of that $11.
The giving your first pay away is something to be prayed on. I know of people who do and people who don't. I struggled here but was advised that the examples above can also be applied. (e.g. First pay = $1600 First fruits = $160) Tithe the $160 is also being faithful, if God wants to give you 80% of his money back to you and 20% remain then so be it. I tithed the entire paycheck of my latest job to a God given cause but have tithed only 10% in past jobs as it seemed more impulsive then as opposed to cheerful!
Someone told me that if your heart is not cheerful when giving, then it is not right and I realised that this is in relation to:
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver
2 Corinthians 9 Verse 7
Please don't be offended if you disagree with anything here, these are my views on the subject after many discussions, questions and prayer time with God.
Joey (Male 24yo)
Thank God for this question and praise the name of almighty God who is the giver of everything.if you are look at the life of Cain and Abel. Abel gave his first fruit to God it was accepted by God Genesis 4:4-5 says "And the Lord had respect and regard for Abel and for his offering.But for Cain and his offering He had no respect or regard. To my own understanding the first fruit should be out of your first earning.,l remembered a friend once told me she gave her first earning to her daddy but her daddy just prayed with her and gave her back the money.
This remind me too when l was still young all my sisters whenever they are given offering from the house they all withheld their offering and won't give their offering in the church.Then l asked them why?they all said," one pastor is enjoying their money to travell out of the country,live in a nice house and driving a good car.l told them the money belong to God almighty.Now they are all grown up they understand the purpose of giving offering and paying of tithes.And a friend tells me that until God increase her salary she wont pay any tithes,as for me any money given to me l pay my tithes on it although l was not finding it funny in the first place when paying bills. Thank GOD, He will always supply our needs each day l have to pay it, it's a command Malachi 3:8-9 forget about may be is been spent by one pastor or two pastors your tithes 10% of your earning belongs to God.Like some of us can pay our debt but forget about tithes 10% that it is when l have it that l can give it.l pray GOD will teach us his ways and give us more understanding about giving tithes and offering.
Give willing from your heart not complaining of who is going to use the money please read Malachi 3:7-18 Reverence God with everything you have got within your power.The life GOD gave you,your sleeping and waking up.Those who are in the hosptial or dead cannot argue about tithes or first fruit but you are alive,a living mircle of GOD's hand work.Praise Him and worship Him with everything he gave to you.
We are told to give one tenth of our salary as tithing to our own church. As a dedicated christian, I follow daily televised Christian programmes each day and am impressed by their ministries work that I am stirred up internally to donate money to them. In addition, I have been approached by various charity organizations too for money donation for the needys, the poor and the children etc. As my salary is limited, is it fine if I still maintain the capped ceiling of 1/10 yet distributed randomly to all these organizations or TV programmes which serve to help in the production cost.
Please kindly let me know if they is fine?
I would like to clear my doubt about tithe, which i also keep aside - could this set aside tithe is only for the our Church or for the work of God - or can we use this set aside amount for people who are in need, people who approach you for financial help for their treatment, for their daughters wedding or even for people who have nothing for their daily living. Last evening while i was watching a christian channel, they were showing a family - the man of the house who is 70 yrs and above, he has no income and has no health to go for work, his wife has passed away with 2 daughters of 17 & 15 years - this family doesnt have any income - they just have a broken down house (made with palm leaves) without proper doors. what do you think - people like these - doesnt our Lord expect us to help them in their situation - can the tithe which i set aside can be used for these purposes.
Yes you can give your tithe to whom ever you feel needs it most infact it should'nt even be called a tithe because it forms part of the old law. Giving to a church does not mean giving to God. Yes we should bless the house of God but it should not feel or be an obligation. The New Testement does not speak about tithing for a reason , and that is because it formed part of the law . A requirement to be made right with God, we know that Jesus died for all of this and so we should always be cheerful in our giving and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in our giving . We should'nt give tithe's or money expecting it back or blessings but rather cheerfully knowing that God will take care of our own needs .
In answer to the last threader, I will like you to look at the following verse:
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
It says, "all the tithes." You don't scatter your tithe all around. You bring it in whole (all the tithesnot part here part there).
Again it says, "into my storehouse." Not storehouses. It is in the singular. You should have a storehouse. A place where you belong and from where you are known, fed, tested etc. If you think your church leadership are not judicious, but extravagant and ungodly with money, change church so you can pay your tithe instead of being unfaithful to God because of a man.
You can give offerings to other causes, not your tithe. Jesus distinguished between giving alms and tithing in Luke 11:41-42. Your tithe is for meat to be in God's house. Your base contribution to God's kingdom. Any citizen who does not contribute to his country is no true citizen. It's not your business what follows after you pay your tithe. Let it die in your mind once you give it. If you don't let it die , it will not bring forth (John 12:24).
Now on first fruit. Thank you Arinola for this question you brought up. It is very simple. Everyone who commented on first fruit have been correct one way or the other. But I just want to present an easy way to understand it.
First, the instruction was given at a time when most people's income were in the form of harvest from farm, cattle etc. E.g. When they get their harvest, they separate them into 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc; as in grade 1, grade 2 etc with grade 1being the best (usually the ones without blemish, perfect if you like). They sell those foe higher prices.
When giving to God, they are not to give from grade 3, but from grade 1. GOD DESERVES THE BEST. This is why it says:
FROM the firstfruits of your increase. From among the best. Look closely at Genesis 4:3-4 and you will see that that is what Abel did that Cain didn't do. But with money, you cannot grade it the same way, hence the confusion. We can simple say "attend to God first, then others come in." Dont pay for everything else first and then you tithe last. Give God the first place just as previous threaders have said, then others can follow. We can see why other uses of the word "firstfruits" were made in the bible as concluded below.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that there are other uses of the word firstfruit in the bible which I believe are not what my sister, Arin was referring to. E.g. you first child is your first fruit. etc.
Hope this helps.