I want the very best. It does not really matter what we are talking about, I want the very best. Don’t you? Wanting the very best is only natural. It is also supernatural.
The Word of God teaches us about a concept called “firstfruits” that we need to understand.
The fig tree provides insight to the meaning of firstfruits. The first batch of figs a fig tree produces in the season, its firstfruits, is always the sweetest batch of the entire season. This is also true of the fruit of the saguaro cactus and the prickly pear cactus here in Arizona.
In the Word of God, firstfruits is the portion of any increase (of the land, of animal, or of man) that the Lord claims for Himself (Ex 23:19). What does that mean? It means God wants the very best, the sweetest portion, for Himself. Who can argue? After all, He is most definitely deserving. But wait a minute. I naturally want the very best for myself! Why does God supernaturally want it?
God created man to worship Him; the meaning of life is to worship God (Eccl 12:13-14). We worship our loving Creator, Provider, and Sustainer (Col 1:12-17) by giving to Him the firstfruits of that which He has given us (Deut 26:10). In so doing we declare our willing dependence upon and trust in Him (Prov 3:5-9). Since the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Ps 24:1), all that we have has been “loaned” to us by the Lord. Therefore, the Lord is not laying claim to that which is already His as much as He is to that which is NOT His until we give it to Him, our hearts. By giving God the very best of what we have (time, talents, resources) instead of keeping it for ourselves, we worship and honor Him Who so faithfully provides for us.
God is Spirit (John 4:24) so what does He do with the firstfruits of our increase? In the past, He gave it to His priests (Num 18:12-14) for He was their inheritance. In the future, He also gives it to His priests (Ezk 44:28-30). The sweetest portion of the increase is given to God, Who passes it on to His priests. With Rev 1:5-6 in mind, does that bless you?
That brings us to the heart of the matter. Whereas firstfruits refers to the very best of the increase God has given us that we in turn offer back to Him in an act of worship, “firstfruits” at its essence refers to Jesus Christ. The Feast of Firstfruits was one of the feast days God gave to Moses that was to be observed by Israel. Three of the feasts, including the Feast of Firstfruits, were command performances at the House of God for His people (Ex 23:14-16, Ex 34:22-23). Celebrated the Sunday after the Saturday following Passover, the Feast of Firstfruits foreshadows the resurrection of Jesus Christ and refers to the sweetest portion, the very best, of the harvest of God (1 Cor 15:20-23).
For those who accept God’s gift of Firstfruits and trust in the Lordship of Jesus Christ, God has given the power to become the sons of God (John 1:12). God indwells His children (Eph 1:13-14, John 14:16-20) and reveals His glory in us, the firstfruits of the harvest of the Spirit (Rom 8:18-23, 1 Cor 15:47-57, James 1:17-18).
As you read those passages of Scripture, did you catch the link between us and “firstfruits”!? God’s Word says we are firstfruits of creation, we are the sweetest portion of the harvest, we are the very best! I know how terribly sour I can be so how can God consider me to be firstfruits? Only by Grace.