Nothing pleases God more than when we actually become doers of His Word and not hearers only, especially when it comes to our children. So when our family was asked to join a mission team to work at a Christian children’s home in Guatemala, we knew God was clearly opening a door for us to show our children how to love others in word and deed. One of the prayers I have for my for boys is Colossians 1:9 -10…that God would fill them “with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” so that they may “live a life worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…” One quality I want to instill in them more than anything is giving because it is a natural response to knowing Christ which allows others to see Him in us. We want our children to become generous givers so others will see Christ in them!
I thought about starting this post with a nice little story. When I re-read this chapter, however, one sentence in particular stopped me in my tracks. “By telling us that our hearts follow our treasure, Jesus is saying, ‘Show me your checkbook, your VISA statement, and your receipts, and I’ll show you where your heart is.’ (pg 42)” That’s it! The statement is so simple, yet so profound. The way we spend money reveals our interests, what we value, and where we place our stock.
So what? Why consider the Treasure Principles? Here are some other key reasons: Giving brings joy. Giving is a privilege. Giving makes us more like God. Giving makes us more gracious. Giving makes us more grateful. Giving helps us extend God’s grace to others (2 Corinthians 9:6-15).