The responsibility scale climbs quickly as you move from doing your homework, holding down a part time job, to managing a team at work.
Reference: v.35 “We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the Lord each year the firstfruits of our crops and of every fruit tree.” (NIV Bible)
Explore: Responsibility starts in a small way as children and just keeps growing and growing. To begin with you are responsible for putting away your own toys. Then the responsibility grows to keeping your room clean and doing the dishes on your rostered night. However the responsibility scale climbs quickly as you move from doing your homework, holding down a part time job, to managing a team at work. Before you know it, you are the one making sure a child is responsible for putting away their own toys! Responsibility runs all throughout our live and our faith is no exception. We are the only person who can be responsible for our own faith. Sure, we can have people who hold us accountable and assist our journey, but only we can prioritize our time and be conscious of God in our everyday.
Application: As the Israelites reformed in Jerusalem they started to take responsibility of their faith to God. They reread the laws of their forefathers and dedicated themselves anew to following their God. We, too, are responsible for our commitment to God. Knowing our strengths and abilities we are able to dedicate ourselves to God. We may not have actual crops to offer but we certainly have our time, our money and our talents to offer to God.
Prayer: Lord, you have given us all things and you continue to pour your love out on each of us. Help us to honour you with the fruits of our lives. Amen.
What are you currently offering to God as the first fruits of your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.