Parenting by Design - Aug. 18

The Example of Spending

2 Cor 8:20-21:  "We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men" (NIV).

The Macedonians had given money to Paul to give to the believers in Jerusalem.  In this passage, Paul acknowledges the importance of spending that money responsibly.  He knew men were watching and he wanted to be sure his actions were above reproach.

Think about how this applies to parenting.  Your kids see practical demonstrations of faith when they see you studying the Bible or praying.  But, they are also watching and learning from the way you spend your money.  You may not realize what a powerful testimony your spending can be and how much it reveals the things you treasure.  "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt 6:21).  Take some time to pray and consider what your lifestyle and spending communicates to your kids.

Your faith is prominently displayed by the way you spend the wealth God has given you. 

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