Taking care for the needy starts at home

1 Timothy 5:3-10:  Originally the church was taking care of all it’s widows, then Paul saw the burden, just as Peter had when he appointed Stephen and others as Deacons to provide care for the members of the church (Acts 6).  Instead of appointing deacons, a job he left to Timothy, he defines an order in which widows should receive help.  One thing that he does in particular, to me just makes sense.  We should take care of our families. If there is a family member that is no longer able to work, the family should care for that person. Paul specifies women.  But today men and women both work, many until they are physically or mentally unable to work. The sad part is often if they don’t care for them, they wind up on the street as beggars. This is a very sad state.  They young and the very old living on the streets, is a situation which we as believers should not tolerate especially if it is a member of your own family.  Paul continues to say that this is sin. verse 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.  Today’s society tends to work both ways. I have seen children kicked out  of their families homes as soon as they turn 18, or graduate high school, or a variety of reasons leaving society to “handle” what they have refused to do.  It is not Biblical. Just as taking care of your parents and or grandparents is Biblical.  We need to reach out to our homeless and actually do something (James 2:16, 1 John 3:17).   It is one of the ways that we show God’s love to people.  And seriously if we refuse to care for our own family, then how do we expect others to trust us when we say we care about the homeless?

Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 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.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. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame.Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well-known for her good deeds,such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

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