Hey kids! Have you ever thought about where your money comes from? Throughout the years, many kids have researched this question and they’ve come up with some pretty interesting answers:
- It grows on trees.
- It is sent by aliens.
- It comes from my parents.
Did you know the Bible answers this question? It’s in the book of 1 Timothy:
1 Timothy 6:17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
Did you see anything in there about trees or aliens or parents? No way! There’s only one right answer to this important question.
Our Money Comes from God
The Bible says that God gives us everything we need for our enjoyment. That means we shouldn’t think that our money as our own to spend. God gave it to us! If your parents have a good job and you live in a home and drive a car (or even a bike), you should thank God for it! All of that money came from him.
Think about how everyone starts off in life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl, or if you’re born in America or in Africa or in Russia. Everyone starts off the exact same way.
Everyone Is Born with Nothing
Do you remember what you were wearing when you were born? Nothing! Do you remember how much money you had in your pockets when you were born? No money! You didn’t even have pockets!
1 Timothy 6:7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.
What is the point of all of this? Simple! We can’t depend on our own strength or abilities in this world. God is the one who brought us into the world and gave us great parents and gave our great parents some money so that we could have a house and a car and some food on the table. All of it is from him, not from us.
God Is the One We Trust, Not Our Money
Take a look at a dollar bill. Do you know what it says on there? “In God we trust.” That means that we don’t trust our money, but we trust in the God who gives us our money. Doesn’t that make sense? After all, this money can’t save you! Only God can. So thank God for everything you have and don’t let your money, or anything else, become more important to you than he is!