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Children Can Become Faithful Stewards

By Dr. Don Dunlap
Pastoral Counselor
Parents are responsible to help their children steward their possessions and choose godly friends.

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Do your children understand the principle that they can never out-give God? Are they storing up “treasures in heaven?” Do they seem to be more loyal to their peers than to their parents? In the 12th segment of a 20-article series on family worship, Dr. Dunlap continues his discussion of important life principles that parents should communicate to their children. He explains the principles of stewardship and loyalty.

Many parents want to fulfill the God-given mandate to teach their children how to live a successful Christian life. The task, however, seems impossible at times.

Most families today already function at a frantic pace in order to maintain their overloaded schedules. The thought of adding more responsibilities to their daily routines can be overwhelming. Parents can often undertake this goal, however, in the comfortable setting of family worship.

God will not entrust His work to an unfaithful steward.

As we continue to review the thirteen life principles, we will now consider number eight, the Stewardship Principle. Parents must lead children to acknowledge the fact that they do not own anything. Children should understand that everything they have is on loan from God and that He expects them to take care of the possessions that He has entrusted to them.

Children must learn to be good managers, or stewards, and they ought to understand the principle that when they are faithful in small things, God will entrust bigger things to their care.

In early childhood, children can begin to grasp the concept of storing up their treasures in heaven.

This principle is meant to help children learn to set their affections on “things above,” and not on material possessions. Jesus taught us that “where are treasures are, there our hearts will be also.” Mothers and fathers should teach children to give generously from a very early age, encouraging them to remember that no matter how much they give, they can never out-give God. Parents ought to acquaint sons and daughters with the scripture from the book of Job,

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

If children understand that everything ultimately belongs to God, they will learn to resist the temptation to become attached to earthly possessions.

Parents have an obligation to help their children form wholesome, God-honoring friendships.

Principle #9 is the Loyalty Principle. Children must learn to look to their parents, not to their peers, for wisdom and counsel. God’s Word tells us, “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Parents have a responsibility to selectively screen their children’s friends and to set limitations on who they spend time with. While good friends are a treasured gift from God, the Bible instructs children to honor their father and mother. The writer of Proverbs 17:6 promises,

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.


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