Giving is all about the heart. It’s important to talk to kids about giving at a very early age. Two great stories from Scripture that teach about sacrificial giving are the story of the widow and two mites (Luke 21) and the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 4-5).
In Luke 21, we see the truth that the amount that we give is less important than the sacrifice. The rich gave out of their surplus, but the poor widow gave all that she had, and Jesus said that the widow’s gift was more valuable. If we only give a “comfortable” amount, are we really expressing full devotion and trust in Christ?
In Acts 4-5, we see that when we give, God examines the heart. Barnabas had the right heart—he saw a need, and he gave sacrificially to the church in order to meet the need. Ananias and Sapphira, on the other hand, had the wrong heart—they gave out of a feeling of obligation, and they lied about the amount that they gave. The words of 2 Corinthians 9:7 are particularly applicable here: “Each person should do as he has decided in his heart —not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Sadly, the outcome was fatal for Ananias and Sapphira, which demonstrates the truth that giving is a serious matter to God. This summer at CentriKid, we will be teaching kids more about this important passage of Scripture (join us)!
Both of these stories provide a strong framework for teaching kids about giving sacrificially. In addition to these stories, consider this one additional tip. Many times I hear people say that it doesn’t matter what you give to the Lord. You can give your talents, gifts, and time. While this sentiment is true (we should live fully devoted to God), I think that often we use this as an excuse for neglecting to give of our finances; however, Scripture is clear that we should give of our monetary resources. I understand that kids often don’t have an excess of money, but even at a young age, it is important to teach and provide an example of giving money to God.
For more tips about teaching kids to give sacrificially, check out this post.