Providing for Family
1 Timothy 5:3-8(NIV)
3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7 Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame.8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
My mom called me a few weeks ago and asked if I can help her friend who had difficulty in figuring out how to watch her DVD’s on her TV. She said that the TV was no longer working and I knew that was not true as I was there to help her setup a few months ago. The power must have gone out and the TV had to be setup again so that she can watch her movies. When I asked why she couldn’t call her children who were also living in the city, I was told that her ex-husband told her children not to speak to her or they will not receive any share of the inheritance. That was startling to hear that although she was not a widow, she was living like a widow in subsidized housing and her children refused to answer her call or to visit or help her.
Paul wrote to Timothy about the need to take care of the widows who are in need. More importantly, the children bear the responsibility to take care of their parents. James referred to it as true religion being put into practice. Paul also expanded this theme into the rest of the family and their very own household. You are worse than an unbeliever when you don’t provide for your relatives and your very own household.