Conversation Starters: Handle Money Wisely
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Earning a paycheck is one thing; budgeting and using that money wisely is another thing. Many of us live from paycheck to paycheck. The example of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 and the writings of Paul to Timothy give us an example on managing the money and assets we’ve been given.
Concept: Handle Money Wisely
Acts 16:1-4; 1 Timothy 6; 2 Timothy 1:1-5, 3:14-17
LIFE POINT: A young boy named Timothy grew up with his mother and grandmother. They taught Timothy about God. They taught him verses from the Bible. Timothy listened carefully to the Bible stories they told him. Timothy learned to love God. When Timothy was older, a man named Paul came to his town. Paul was a missionary. He traveled from town to town, telling people that God loved them. Paul wanted Timothy to help him. So Timothy became Paul’s helper. Paul and Timothy traveled to
many towns telling people about Jesus. After Timothy had stopped traveling with Paul, he got a
letter from Paul. Paul reminded Timothy how his mother and grandmother had taught him verses and stories from the Bible. Paul told Timothy to always remember what he had learned. Paul reminded Timothy that the Bible would help him.
LIVE IT OUT: Play a game about right and wrong choices with your child. Name some things your child
may do or be tempted to do. Help him identify which are right choices and which are wrong.
1 Timothy 6
LIFE POINT: Dear Timothy,
Teach others about Jesus. Teach them to live as God wants and teach them to be content.
I want to warn you, Timothy. People who want to get rich may be tricked into thinking money is everything. Loving money is the beginning of all kinds of evil. When people want money more than anything, they may forget about God.
Stay away from greed. Live with faith and love. Work to live the right way. Keep the commandments.
Teach people who are already rich not to trust more in their money than in God. They can hope in God who gives everything.
Teach people to be generous. Teach them to share with others.
Grace to you.
LIVE IT OUT: Help your child understand the danger of greed. When a person is not satisfied with what he has, he may choose any means necessary to achieve more. Pray for your child to trust in God and be content with what he has.
THE POINT: Managing your resources well now, will pay off later. How does being a Christ-follower
impact how we view and manage our money? When have you been most tempted to spend money
impulsively? What obstacles hinder us from acting responsibly with what God has given us? Discuss the following quote:
“If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost
every other area in his life.”1 —Billy Graham
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do the Live It Out activity for the week. Here are
some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete the Daily Reading:
• Take time to discuss your student’s scripture readings from this week.