A short devotional on 1 Timothy 5:3-8. Want to talk? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Saturday, October 10, 2020
We are looking at the practical side of Christianity today. In the New Testament church there were three main leadership roles. The apostles went from place to place starting churches. The elders were the overseers of the local churches in each city. And the deacons took care of the physical needs of the church.
Paul was an apostle, a church planter. The text today is taken from a letter Paul is writing, not to the whole church, but specifically to another younger apostle named Timothy.
The letter is full of practical ministry advice. As he writes we gain insight into how the early church took care of their own.
1 Timothy 5:3-8 says:
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.
There wasn't really a public welfare system, so those in need in the church, specifically widows who really couldn't work, were to be taken care of by the church. But if they could be taken care of by another relative, it was that relatives responsibility to take care of their family.
In fact, Paul goes so far to say if someone isn't taking care of their family when they have the ability, that person is denying their faith. They are professing the name of Jesus, but are really not a believer.
The take away?
God expects us to take care of each other. That's part of faith. Our religious experience is not just something to paint on for the weekend. Rather, it's a lifestlye that takes our time and money to take care of others.
God call us to a faith that actually makes a difference in the world.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow