Treasure Management


Chris McKenna

iStock_000019531862XSmallOne of my twin boys is really in to pirates right now. It’s something that started when he received some “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” toys for Christmas last year. Occasionally this leads us on treasure hunts for “shiny gold” in our sand box or the family room, where we search for things of value with all the giddiness of a 3-year old. The desire to acquire “stuff” starts early! And, it’s absolutely nothing new. The management of money and possessions dominates Jesus’ gospel teachings.

Ask any pastor. Talking about money usually isn’t on the “top 10 things I hope to preach on this weekend” list. The congregation runs for the hills if next week’s sermon is about money!

But, I wonder if this is because we wait too long to plant seeds of Biblical generosity in our kids.

I’m one of those strange people who doesn’t mind talking about money. It started one night in elementary school when my dad used a chalkboard to show me what 10% of my $2 allowance was. That lesson planted seeds of “treasure management” that grew. Tithing became natural as an adult because dad took time to explain God’s counterintuitive, but spectacular ideas about generosity.

Why not use the Famine to plant seeds of Biblical treasure management in our kids? Although I would love to think my teaching will inspire many students to become full-time missionaries, realistically most won’t! They will land full-time jobs as nurses or teachers or engineers or scientists or sales reps. All earning a salary. All with amazing potential as hard-working adults to put a financial dent in world hunger. All desperately in need of lessons on Biblical treasure management.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasure here on earth, where months eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store up treasure in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” [Matthew 6:19-21 NLT]

As we show them how their Famine dollars are making an impact, let’s not forget to remind them that generosity is not an event. Nor is it something that happens once a year. It’s the very DNA of Jesus Christ! A generous Savior who gave EVERYTHING for each of us. Our natural response should be a lifetime of generous actions.

Do any of you have great ideas on how to teach middle and high school students about Biblical generosity? Share them here!