Jeff  Germo
January 7, 2018
Jeff Germo
Lead Pastor


Deuteronomy 26:1-11

1. We are utterly dependent on God.

We like to think we aren’t. And we work as hard as we can to make sure we don’t need God. We would never say that, and most of us would probably say it’s not true, but I think, we often live as if we don’t need God.

The First Fruits festival was meant to remind the Israelites that everything belongs to God. Without God they would not have a harvest. They were totally dependent on God whether they knew it or not.

2. Gratitude should be a way of life, a constant recognition that everything good comes from God.

An attitude of gratitude will crowd out arrogance, pride, selfishness, anger, resentment, and self-pity.

3. Trust in God is at the core of the life of faith.

The First Fruits festival was a spiritual discipline that trained the Jews that they can trust God, not only with their finances, but also with their time, their relationships, their talents, and all of their affections.

The Festival of First Fruits is all about giving the very best of every part of your life to God, as opposed to giving him your leftovers.