You may not think this applies to you because you don't get much pocket money or earn much at your part time job. But giving part of your money to God is a valuable thing to do no matter how much money you have, or don't have. The Old Testament talks about giving ten percent of your income, called a tithe. The poor woman in this story gave everything she had.
Malachi 3:10 says, Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things. God says he will bless us if we give to his work. It costs money to run the church - you have to pay the pastor and the electricity bill etc.
As a teenager you may not earn much money, but how you use it is still important. How you spend your money reflects your priorities. In Luke 21:1-4 Jesus told the story of someone who didn't have very much money, As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
It is good to learn to be generous now, when you are young, even though you may not have much. You can give to the church, missions, charities, your friend who doesn't have enough lunch money...
Financial advisor, Peter Grandich, says he gets his financial guidance from the Bible.
"The writers of the Bible anticipated the problems we would have with money and possessions; there are more than 2,000 references,” he says. “Our whole culture now is built on the premise that we have to have more money and more stuff to feel happy and secure." In an article in Forbes Magazine entitled, Is the Bible the Ultimate Financial Guide?, he gives four pearls of wisdom (I have paraphrased them and applied them to teens):
Sheryl Nace-Nash (2012, May 24). Is the Bible the Ultimate Financial Guide. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.