How do you determine how, when, and how much you should give as a first fruit offering? This is going to look differently for every person and each season. But here are a few steps you can take to help you get started in the right direction:

1. Pray

If your goal is obedience to God, it only makes sense that you would first go to God in prayer. Ask God what you should do with your money and resources. Listen to what God says.

2. Prepare

God calls us to be good stewards of the blessings God gives us. That means knowing what we’re able to give and when. Have a plan in place for your offering. Approach each harvest time with an open mind and a generous heart.

3. Prioritize

The whole idea behind a first fruit gift is to put God first. That may be donating your first paycheck of the year to the church. It may mean that you put this donation first in your budget. Just make sure that you’re prioritizing God in your finances.

4. Give

Know where you are going to give the money to. Is there a specific fund at the church you want to contribute to? Is there another nonprofit you want to support? It also helps to know the amount you’ll give.

5. Repeat

How often do you want to give a first fruit offering? This was traditionally an annual practice, but you can give as often as you’d like. Making it a part of your routine will help keep it a priority, not something you do spontaneously or sporadically.

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