Step 2 to a Generous Family: Teach (Pass on Values Before Valuables)

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.”
— 1 Chronicles 29:11,12, NAS

A solid understanding of biblical generosity is one of the best legacies you can give your children. It’s important to remember that the spiritual capital you pass on to your kids is more valuable than any financial capital they will inherit. So teaching what the Bible has to say about money is the cornerstone to nurturing a generous family. Here are seven key principles to study together:

1. We recognize God’s ownership and our stewardship over all that we have.
The 1 Chronicles verses above give a powerful witness to this truth. Psalm 24:1 also states, “The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.” Also reference Psalm 50:10-12, Matthew 25:14-30, and 1 Corinthians 4:2.

2. We live our lives to bring glory to God.
First Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Also reference 1 Peter 4:11 and Matthew 5:16.

3. We recognize that God has a divine purpose for our lives.
John 17:4 says, “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” Also reference John 15:16 and Jeremiah 29:11-13.

4. We recognize that our ultimate home is in heaven and that we are strangers and aliens on earth.
In Philippians 3:20, the Apostle Paul writes, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Also reference Colossians 3:1, 2 and Hebrews 11:9, 10.

5. We are committed to cooperating with God in building His Kingdom for eternity.
Luke 19:10 states, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Also reference Revelation 5:9.

6. We see ourselves in a spiritual battle.
Paul begins Ephesians 6:12 with, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but…” Also reference 2 Timothy 2:3,4.

7. We believe in and look forward to our eternal rewards.
Second Timothy 4:8 says, “…in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness.” Also reference 1 Corinthians 3:14 and Matthew 6:19-21.

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