Over the past several weeks we have been celebrating the generosity of God as seen through the greatness of the gospel. Tomorrow we remember and rejoice in the fact that God sent His One and only Son as a rescuer to redeem all of creation from the destruction of sin. In response to that awesome truth, we have been pushing our people to give generously. All of the money that we collect for Generous December (above and beyond our normal budget for the month) will go directly out of our church towards mission (right here in Greensboro and around the world).
Generosity is not something that comes natural to us. As fallen human beings our tendency is towards selfishness and greed. That is why it is equally important to teach your children about generosity and instil in them an understanding of what it means to be generous from an early age. A few weeks ago we handed out resources to our parents to help equip them in that endeavor. I would encourage you over the next day and a half to use this devotional – along with the story of Christmas – to share with your child the lavish generosity displayed towards us in Jesus. And how in response – they too can cultivate a heart of generosity.
Read the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.
As we teach our children about the gospel and what it means to follow Jesus, the issue of generosity is central. Our desire as parents should be to instill a love for Jesus that creates a generous heart from an early age.
The story of Zacchaeus is one of salvation and response. First, the gospel calls us to see our need for a Savior. And second it elicits a response. Like Zacchaeus, when our heart is changed by the gospel our whole life is changed – including our attitude towards money and possessions.
You can use these questions to help teach your child about gospel-driven generosity and why we do Generous December.
- · What are things that God has given you? (These could be material or non-material)
- · In the story of Zacchaeus, why did he give half of his money away?
- · If God has given us so much as a family, what are ways you can give of your time, possessions, and money to honor Him?
Pray together…God thank you for giving us Jesus who died for me. Thank you that you love me and that you give us so many wonderful things. Please help me to be more generous like you.