Conversation Starters: Give Generously
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: There is great value and virtue in working hard, earning money, and managing it well without waste. But our money is not for ourselves alone. The Bible calls us to be generous. We belong to God and, therefore, all we have belongs to Him. We are to earn, use, and manage our money wisely, but our money is ultimately for His glory. We express our trust in Him and further His kingdom by meeting the needs of others.
Concept: Give Generously
LIFE POINT: One day Jesus and His helpers were at the temple. Jesus was sitting by the boxes where people gave money. He watched as people dropped their money into the boxes. Some rich people put in a lot of money. The coins made a loud sound as they fell into the boxes. Then a poor woman walked up to a box. Jesus watched as she put two tiny pieces of money into the box. These coins hardly made a sound as they fell into the box. Jesus said to His helpers, “This woman gave two small coins. She gave more money than anyone.” Jesus’ helpers probably wondered what Jesus was saying. How could the woman’s two coins be more than all the money given by the rich people? Jesus explained that the rich people had only put in some of their money. The woman had given all the money she had.
LIVE IT OUT: Does your child see you giving an offering at church? Begin to foster a giving attitude in
your child by giving him money each week to give in Sunday School or put in the offering plate in worship. Remind your child that God wants people to give money to help the church.
LIFE POINT: As Jesus was teaching in the temple, He watched the rich people there. Many came and dropped money into the temple treasury. They had much money. The coins made a loud noise as
they dropped. Then, a poor widow came. She dropped in two very small coins. The coins made very little noise. Jesus turned to His disciples. He said, “This poor widow has put in more than all of the people.”
The disciples may have been surprised. The rich people had dropped a large amount of money into the offering jar. Jesus said, “The rich people gave from their extra money. This widow put in all she had to live on. She gave everything!”
LIVE IT OUT: Elementary and preteen kids are able to give to church, especially if they have an allowance or part-time job. Explain to your child that giving to help God’s work is one way to obey Him.
THE POINT: Use what you have to invest in the lives of others. What’s the most generous act you’ve witnessed? What moves you to be generous? Why is it vital for Christians to be known as generous?
Discuss the following quote:
“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”1 —C.S. Lewis
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do the Live It Out activity. 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.
1. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 1952).