As Christian homeschool parents, we have an incredible opportunity and responsibility to model Godly stewardship for our children. Stewardship encompasses how we manage our words, actions, time, talents, and resources in a way that honors God and blesses others. Teaching Godly stewardship to our children starts with examining our own lives.
Bridling Our Tongues
The Bible has much to say about the power of our words. Proverbs tells us that “the tongue has the power of life and death” (18:21). As parents, we must be careful to control our speech and not let “unwholesome talk” come out of our mouths (Ephesians 4:29). Do we grumble and complain? Gossip? Speak words of criticism rather than encouragement? Let us repent and ask God to set a guard over our lips. As we demonstrate Godly speech, our children will learn to do the same.
Living Out Our Faith
In addition to monitoring our words, we must also take care that our actions align with our Christian faith. Micah 6:8 gives us a concise summary of what the Lord requires of us: “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Do we live justly and fairly? Are we quick to extend mercy and forgiveness to others? Do we walk in humility rather than pride? Examining our deeds and attitudes helps us model integrity for our children.
Managing God’s Gifts
As Christian stewards, we are called to wisely manage the time, talents, and treasures God has entrusted to us. This starts with being diligent in our use of time. Do we waste time on meaningless pursuits? Or do we “make the most of every opportunity” as Ephesians 5:16 instructs? Developing schedules and routines can help our families stay focused and purposeful. Our children also need guidance in using their unique gifts and abilities for God’s glory rather than selfish aims. Finally, teaching children to be generous with money, toys, and other resources trains them to avoid materialism and seek God’s Kingdom first.
Imparting Biblical Values
Ultimately, instilling stewardship in our children comes down to imparting Biblical values. We must teach them that everything belongs to God, not us. All we have comes from Him and should be used to serve Him. As Colossians 3:17 states, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Keeping this mindset helps us and our children pursue righteousness in how we speak, act, and manage God’s blessings.
The rewards of teaching Godly stewardship to our children are abundant. Our children reap the benefits of Godly training, and we grow in Christlikeness as we exemplify integrity with our words, actions, and resources. Let us pray for grace and ask the Lord to help us commit to honoring Him in all areas of our lives!
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