A Cheerful Giver
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Paul had written a letter (1 Corinthians) addressing several sins that were being tolerated in the church at Corinth. The letter had been a risk. The Corinthians may have rejected Paul, but they did not.
Paul wrote 2 Corinthians to celebrate what God had done in the church and to call on them for help. The church in Jerusalem was in desperate need of help, so Paul was collecting money from the other churches on their behalf.
Paul encouraged the Corinthians to be generous. He told them about the churches in Macedonia. Macedonia was an area north of Corinth. The Christians there were suffering, and they did not have a lot of wealth. Nevertheless, they had joy and gave as much as they could to help others.
Paul encouraged the believers at Corinth to give too. Giving is one way we can show we love God. God is generous to us, so we can be generous to others. Jesus was rich; He had glory and honor in heaven. But He gave that up and became poor by coming to earth to help sinners.
Jesus did this so that we, who had nothing, could become rich. Now we have salvation and eternal life in Jesus. As a result, Paul wanted the Corinthians to give generously and joyfully, out of gratitude for what God has done.
Your kids may feel like the churches in Macedonia who had little to give, but encourage them the same way Paul encouraged the church in Corinth. It is not the amount that we give that glorifies God—it is our level of generosity and joy when we give.
God has been merciful and generous to us. He gave us the greatest gift—His own Son. Jesus showed us what generosity looks like when He gave up His life to save us from sin. Because of Jesus, we can be merciful and generous to others.
Caution kids not to give out of duty but out of gratitude. God loves a cheerful giver. Help kids find ways they can give—whether time or money or talents—to advance the work of the gospel in your city, your nation, and the world.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
KEY PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 5:17
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Who changes us? God changes us to be like Jesus.
BIBLE STORY: A CHEERFUL GIVER
- Paul wrote about giving to people who need help.
- Giving to others shows we love God.
- God wants us to give to others.
- We can give to others because Jesus gave His life for us.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Why does God want His followers to give?
- Why does God love a cheerful giver?
- What is more important: the amount we give or what’s in our heart when we give? Why?
- Brainstorm ways you can give to others as a family. Choose one or two of the ideas suggested and make a plan to follow through. Put dates on the calendar and encourage family members to hold one another other accountable.