Building Men and Women of God (5)

Mar 4, 2020

‘These commandments… Impress them on your children.’Deuteronomy 6:6–7 NIV

Teach your children to handle money. Your home is a classroom for teaching money-management skills, so teach them that if they honour God financially, He will honour them. ‘Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all… then your barns will be filled...’ (Proverbs 3:9–10 NIV) Before you give your son or daughter money, teach them how to handle it responsibly so that they can avoid the making the mistakes of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32). His attitude towards money and his misuse of it cost him dearly. Give your child Biblical wisdom in four areas—earning, giving, spending and saving. Teach your children God’s Word on borrowing, lending and credit. Our island nation is seeing more and more slick advertising for things and we’re being offered high-interest credit cards so we can buy now and pay later. Our children need to understand the consequences of their financial decisions. The verse ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it’ (Proverbs 22:6 NAS) is not an isolated statement. Read the next verse: ‘The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.’ (Proverbs 22:7 NAS) Teach them that what is advertised as the fast lane to plenty, can become the sure road to poverty. Train them to delay gratification until they can afford what they want. Don’t unwisely guarantee loans for them. The Bible says, ‘Do not be a man who…puts up security for debts… your very bed will be snatched from under you.’ (Proverbs 22:26–27 NIV)

SoulFood: Gen 25:19–27:46, Matt 20:17–28, Ps 77, Pro 6:29
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