Today Is The First Day of the Week.

Today is Friday, and for some, this is the first day of the week.  They do not have to go back to work until Monday so as soon as they get off of work, the fun begins.

For some, the first day of the week is Monday.  Recently I blogged how Monday is a real drag for some people.  But Monday represents the day when you start making money.

So which one is right?  Neither.  Sunday is the first day of the week.  That's the way God created it.  God rested on the 7th day of the week.  We call it Saturday.  That makes Sunday the first day of the week.

Now Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday.  The church then practiced worshipping Him corporately on a Sunday.  But Sunday can be more to you than this.

Proverbs 3:9-10  Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

The Bible has plenty to say about first fruits.  In Jesus' time, they

grew crops and livestock.  So God asked them to give to Him the first crops and livestock they were blessed with.  Now someone might say, "Russ, that is an Old Testament thing."  You would be right.  But more importantly, the Bible has a lot to say about putting God first.  Now that is an Old and New Testament principle that none of us can avoid. 

God asks for the first of everything that we earn.  We talk much about tithing and giving.  But let me take this a little farther.  What about your time?  What do you give to God?  

Here are a couple of things that you can do.  

Give God the first part of your day.  Get up.  Drink a glass of water (that will wake your brain up).  Then while drinking your cup of coffee, read your Bible.  Take time to think about what you are reading and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you its truth. 

Doing this will have a profound positive impact on the rest of your day.  

Give God the first day of the week.  That would be Sunday.  Giving Him that time on Sunday to worship corporately, fellowship, grow in His grace and knowledge and serve others in the name of Jesus will completely bless and change your week.  

Now my experience has been that when I reach this part of the teaching someone balks and says, "That just isn't possible.  I've got too much to do."  That's the problem.  You're too busy.  

Hag. 1:6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.

God was getting on to the Israelites for not honoring Him with their first fruits or their time.  Because of this, they were confused as to why they never had enough money.  Honor God with the first day of the week and see what He can do with the rest of it.  

See you Sunday!

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to put your first in every area of my life.  AMEN 

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