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7 Financial Principles for Kids, #4: We GIVE freely because we’ve freely received from Jesus!

#4 We freely GIVE because we have freely received from Jesus (Prov 11:24; Matt 10:8).  The Bible tells us to give money cheerfully to help our church and other people in need (2 Cor 9:7).  It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).  The Bible teaches the principal of giving a minimum of 10% to the local church (Malachi 3:10).

  • Ask your child to help you find something in your home (it could be canned food or money) that you could give to someone in need.  As a family, give to the person in need.
  • If your child does not have a jar, box, or envelope with the word GIVING written on it, ask your child to help you make one.   Let your child decide how much of his or her weekly earnings will be put in the box for giving.  Begin with 10% of earnings.
  • Consider breaking down giving into the categories by creating an envelope for God/local church and one for others in need.

7 Financial Principles for Kids, #3: A worker is worthy of his EARNINGS

#3 A worker is worthy of his EARNINGS.  A worker is worthy of his wages (Luke 10:7).  So, when you need money, the best place to go is to work.  But, our good works must also be done in a worthy way—with excellence and a good attitude.  Because of sin, none of our works are pure.  The wages for sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 3:23).

  • Create a CHORE CHART.  Decide if and how much compensation the child will receive for doing their job consistently and well.  For example, you could pay your child a dime or quarter per chore done each week.
  • One Sojourn father does not pay his children for household chores, but he has told his children that he will fund their business plans.  He has encouraged his children to think about creative ways to make money.  Then, he has invested in their strategies.  One child has started a garden, and he is selling vegetables to neighbors.
  • Pray with your children about their attitude as workers.   Pray that they will do their best and that God will make their work worthy by freeing them from sinful attitudes.   If your child is not a believer, talk about how we need Jesus to change our heart and make us worthy workers.


7 Financial Principles for Kids, #2: God made us for WORK

#2 God made us for WORK.  God created us to work.  We work hard, because we are working for the Lord (Col 3:23).  We are made in His image, and we are intended to show His glory to the world (Genesis 1:27).

  • Let your child hold a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.  Review their names and how many cents each is worth.  Learn the names of the people on the coins.  Read Mark 12:13-17.  Because the coins have the image of American figures, they belong to and work in the United States.  Because we are made in God’s image, we belong to and work for God.
  • Talk to your child about what you do for a living.  If you work outside the home, take your child to your work and show him or her what you do.


Mark Conner: A Theology of Creativity

God is a creative God. In fact, He invented creativity. It was His idea. Creativity is part of the very nature and character of God. The fifth word in the Bible is created—“In the beginning God created …” (Genesis 1:1). God kicked off the creative process and it’s been moving forward ever since.

Ponder creation for a moment. God created the entire universe out of nothing. He formed all original things (like an inventor or manufacturer). What an incredible designer God is! There is nothing dull, drab or boring about God’s world.
He created three primary colors with up to ten million different hues that a human eye can see. He created textures—rough, smooth and everything in between. He created infinite varieties of shape and form. He created movement and rhythm—wind and running water, animals and humans busy with all sorts of activities. He created sound and music— from the crashing thunder of a huge storm to the sweet chirping of a tiny bird. He created seasons—winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Then He created the human personality along with unique fingerprints for over 6 billion people. God is not into cloning. Read the rest of Mark’s article here.
This article is from the November/December issue of K! MagazineThis amazing article and dozens more including one about Creativity at SojournKids will be available in the next issue of K! Subscribe today at their website to get both a print and digital copy of K! Magazine.

7 Financial Principles for Kids, #1: We are God’s STEWARDS

As a follow-up to Sojourn’s God Gave series, I’ll be posting seven financial principles for kids over the next seven days. I’m listing my sources below on this post. Here is the first principle:

#1 We are God’s STEWARDS.  God made everything, so He owns everything (1 Chron 29:11).  Everything was made through Jesus and for Him (Col 1:16b). A steward is a person who takes care of another person’s things (1 Cor 4:2).  We are to take care of God’s things that he gives us.  Jesus is the example steward (Heb 3:5-6).

  • Your children are God’s stewardship to you as a parent.  Spend time with them rather than just spending money on them.  Cancel work for them.  Don’t miss the brief opportunity to shape them for eternity.  Find teachable moments along life’s road (Deut 6:6-9).
  • Walk around your home as a family.  Look for things that God owns. Take turns creating sentences that affirm His ownership; such as, “God owns this book.”  Discuss how each member of the family can be a faithful steward by taking good care of God’s things in your home.
  • Allow your children to help with planning family meals and managing the grocery budget.  It is good for them to see what they may need to sacrifice in order to purchase an extra treat.
  • The first step in learning to handle money is to know how much money you get and how much you spend.  Help your kids write down how much they receive and spend each week.

Resources: Financial Peace, Jr. curriculum and the Junior’s Adventures children’s books by Dave Ramsey (Lampo Press); The ABCs of Handling Money God’s Way and The Secret of Handling Money God’s Way by Howard and Bev Dayton (Moody Press/Crown Financial Resources); “Training Your Children to Manage Money” by Randy Alcorn in New Man Magazine (Nov/Dec, 1995).  “Teaching Kids to Be Gracious Receivers,”