How important is it to teach children about giving the Lord a portion of their income?
When I was young, my brother and I both had paper routes. It was hard work some days, but having a steady income as a 12 year old was always the coolest thing. It was great to have a constant flow of cash between the snow shoveling and grass cutting jobs we would get. Besides looking like cute little twins despite our age difference we also loved to go to Bible camp in the summer.
We were blessed to attend a Bible camp that was, and still is to this day, 100% free to its campers. That being said, we were curious how the camp ran financially. After our parents explained to us that people give money to the camp we made it our mission to give a portion of our income each week to the camp as a thank you for what we had gotten out of the ministry and to see the camp continue to be free for generations to come.
For close to 3 years we sent an envelope with 10% of our weekly income to the director of the camp. It was not much money, but it was an immensely powerful lesson on giving.
Passing it on
All this is to say that after being instructed about how the ministry runs financially and my desire to see it continue in the future the Lord taught me the great importance of giving to His work faithfully and of passing that desire on to the next generation.
Now I am a father of two beautiful girls and I am glad to say my wife and I are already teaching them the importance of saving their money, but even more importantly, we will be teaching them about giving their money to help support the work of the Lord. You can never teach your children too young the joy and importance of giving.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.