In Christianity, in many circles, the first fruit offering is considered to be a requirement by God. As the name suggests, it is any fruit or grain harvest that ripens the earliest. It also includes the dedication of the first male born of livestock or human to God.
There many Pastor, Preachers, Teachers and Minister that still teach first fruit offerings today. Although they do teach that we need not bring products from our gardens and live animals due to the changing of the times. They do however strongly suggest that their parishioners bring the first fruits of their labor which in most cases means the first fruits/money from their paychecks. Some churches and organizations have a tradition of requiring you to give the very first paycheck of the new year in its entirety to the church as a first fruit offering.
The first fruits offering that was instituted by God as an offering required by Him of the Israelites(Jews). It's mentioned several times in the Old Testament law: as a means to show thankfulness and gratitude for God bring them out of captivity in Eygpt. Many Jews still observe this offering to this day as it is a big part of their religion called Judaism.
Exodus 23:19: "The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk."
Leviticus 23:10: "'Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give unto you and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:"
Proverbs 3:9-10: "Honour the Lord with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy presses shall burst out with new wine."
As we see in the above verses of scripture this was and is a big deal for the Jews. Now, although we who by faith in Jesus Christ have been grafted into the family linage and bloodline of Jesus Christ and are now technically Jews.
Romans 2:28-29: "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
We who heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and believed are now also Jews inwardly. But we do not observe the covenant of first fruit giving which was under the law. Although the law has not been done away with because Jesus Himself said:
Mathew 5:17: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." kjv
Through one man all the law has now been fulfilled. We now have a new and better Covenant. Jesus Christ is the mediator of it.
Hebrews 12:24: And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." kjv
So, First Fruits offerings have been widely misunderstood. With many in the body of Christ and the gentile church still using it as a way to honor God. As a money coach, I teach it not as a covenant right to be exploited by ministers of the gospel as a way to bring in more timely tithes and offerings with the promise of the blessings that God promised the Jews under an Old Covenant. But I teach it as a very good fundamental way of handling money. Pay the most important bills FIRST when at all possible.
I often have to preface this teaching by strongly stating that I am in no way saying that if you practice the good financial habit of paying your Tithes and Offerings first that you have a right to all the blessings of a covenant that you are not under. My goal is not to confuse anyone and put them back under the law. God forbid.
There are many things that God commanded our Jewish brothers and sisters to do that just makes good sense and is good hygienic practices.
Galatians 3:23-25: "23But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."