We had an experience earlier in the week where I taught him the concept. I had given him a small bag of french fries. I asked him to let me have one. He said, "No! These are mine!!" I reminded him that I paid for the fries. I was the one who gave them to him. If I hadn't given them to him, he would have nothing. By all rights, those fries belonged to me because I gave them to him to enjoy.
Later in the meal, we talked about how I got that money. "God gave me a job so that I would have money to spend on you so you could get fries. So everything I have belongs to God. He can have whatever He wants because He supplied me with everything. Without God, I would have nothing."
He was just a young boy, I didn't want to wear him out. So the next day we picked the conversation back up. "Some people believe that you keep most for yourself and just give God a little bit. In our family, we believe that everything belongs to God. I give Him money at church to help pay for His building and other things." He wanted to know what the "other things" were. I told him about electricity, water, the pastor's expenses... at that pointed he interrupted me, "Does that pay for the pastor's daughter to have things?" I said, "yes." He said, "well, if it pays for her, I don't want to give any!" He was joking.... We had reached the end of our conversation about money and God's generosity. I had worn him out.
Nevertheless, he caught on to the concept that I was trying to teach him... Just ask my Aunt.
How do you view money?
Is it yours? Is it God's?
"This is a church of poor people, and I want the poorest to give without being embarrassed and the richest to come without being begged." ~ Bresee
BE A MAN.