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How Important is Biblical Stewardship for Children?
It is essential to teach children, at a young age, the principle of biblical stewardship.
Family Counseling Ministries -
God entrusts every person with certain talents, skills and abilities. He also entrusts His children with varying amounts and types of material possessions. He gives us all the priceless gift of time. In the fourth segment of an eleven-part series on parenting, Dr. Dunlap encourages parents to teach their children at a very young age, the importance of using their abilities, possessions and time, to honor and glorify God.
Parents often come to my office asking for suggestions that will help them teach their children biblical principles for successful Christian living. I suggest that first they teach their children to honor and obey their parents. Second, I explain how to teach them sound doctrine. The third step in training their children should be to communicate to them godly standards and values. Then, I challenge parents to teach children how to make wise decisions.
I emphasize the supreme importance of the fifth stepteaching our children at a very young age the principle of biblical stewardshipof their talents, their money, and their time.
5. We must teach our children how to be good stewards.
a. God entrusts every person with certain talents, skills and abilities. The writer of Romans 12:6-8 addresses the varying gifts that Christians possess:
b. God entrusts every person with varying amounts and types of material possessions. We read in 1 Timothy 6:17,18
Children should have a clear understanding of the fact that they do not own anything. God owns everything and He has entrusted them with the job of taking care of certain possessions. We need to quote Luke 16:10 to them often: He who is faithful in small things will be entrusted with much.
c. God entrusts every person with the generous gift of time. We find this exhortation in Ephesians 5:16, Make the most of your time, because the days are evil.