by Maxine Marsolini (our financial and blended families guru!)
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; …Psalm 19:9b-10a
Some things money can’t buy, like knowing Jesus at an early age; that’s a priceless possession. When I look back on my childhood, the early developmental years up until about eight-years-old, I had only a smattering of Christian influence; but it must have been enough to spark a curiosity that thankfully unfolded years later.
My earliest church memory is of Reverend Bosworth, who on Sunday mornings would make the 16 mile drive out to get us four kids and my Grandmother. Apart from the fact that Grandma was willing to play piano for the church, this was quite a sacrifice of time and gasoline for her to make. I remember liking the Bible stories that were told on felt boards, but what I really looked forward to was the ice cream cone she’d stop to get us after church.
Another memory of being introduced to the Gospel came through the Good News Club at school. This was offered to first through third graders and I wanted to go. Once a week, those who had parental permission, were walked across the street to a small white church for Jesus stories.
My parents weren’t unbelievers. They just weren’t on the same page when it came to attending and belonging to a local church. My mother didn’t drive so we experienced only occasional religious events and there was no emphasis on mealtime prayers.
I remember whispering private bedtime prayers each night and now, looking back, believe that was a strange proof that Jesus had settled into my heart way back then. At least the seeds were planted. Growth, however, was much slower.
You might be wondering what all this has to do with our financial condition. Perhaps there’s more correlation than you might think. Money and time are both commodities we all put to use. We spend, invest, save, waste, and store up cash for a rainy day. Think of spiritual wealth in a similar way.
Pinching pennies has its place, but being stingy with the word of God deprives our precious babes the best riches of this lifetime and beyond. I believe the highest calling a parent is tasked with is to appreciate the value of knowing Christ and passing that all-surpassing wealth of knowledge, that money can’t buy, along to our children.
Child-like faith grows stronger when parental examples are at work in the home. Love is amiss unless it includes knowledge of the One who created us and has a purposeful plan for our lives. Here are a few ways to maximize Christ at home:
- Attend church together.
- Read Bible stories at home.
- Talk about the blessings of the Lord.
- Pray for our needs and for others, too.
- Give time and money to Christian ministries.
Money can’t buy faith. Since we love our children, and would die for them, it’s wise to do all we can to introduce them to the One who is more precious than pure gold—their Redeemer and Lord. He alone is able to step in when life falls apart. He alone is their source of hope for a lifetime and eternity after. Priceless!
John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.