Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel that you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give. (CEV) 2 Corinthians 9:7
In your adult world, you’ve most likely had to balance your expenses, debts, spending money, and charitable donations. Learning the complicated skills of personal finances can take many years to master. The Bible teaches us that God wants us to give with a willing heart. But how do we teach our children to give sacrificially (especially when we may find it hard to do so ourselves)?
Giving with a willing heart means giving from our first fruits. God wants us to put giving at the top of our list and not just give what is leftover at the end of the month. Jesus uses the example of the poor widow. In Luke 21:1-4, Jesus observed many wealthy people giving a lot of money. However, they gave from their leftovers. Next, Jesus pointed out the poor widow. She only had two very low-value coins. She placed both into the offering. Jesus remarked on how she had very little yet gave it all. That is sacrificial giving. God doesn’t look at the value of the gift, but he looks at the heart of the giver.
Here are some suggestions on how to teach your child about sacrificial giving.
Children may feel like they have very little to give. God calls us to give from our heart and not out of obligation, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Want to do a deep dive? Check out Family Fire's article Teaching Children Money Management