First Fruit Giving

Q. I just heard of first fruit giving, I don’t mind giving and even giving as a first fruit giving, just don’t know enough about the subject and would like to know more about it. Can it still be used for today in a biblical principle? Will God honor it like in the old testament times? Is it wrong?

A. First fruit giving is really tithing, since in Old Testament times the tithe was given off the top, not out of the remains.  Yes I believe that God still honors this kind of giving, but only when done in a spirit of gratitude.  Luke 6:38 provides the confirmation for this.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Many New Testament Christians oppose tithing as being legalistic, but I’ve found that by and large they’re the ones who’ve never done it.   No one who has experienced the blessings associated with tithing would ever think of giving it up. The enduring principle of tithing is found in Proverbs 11:24.

“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”

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