“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8 NKJV)
The early church took care of its members. It was possible that some would need temporary help as they lost jobs because of their faith. Others might need a bit more help if their family disowned them because they’d committed their lives to Christ. Still others became widows, either through “normal” means or through issues related to their husband’s faith. Paul taught Timothy a system that we would do well to look at today. If the family could take care of the widow they should. Thus, the understanding of this verse. On the other hand, if there’s no family to take care of a widow, then the church should step in. At the same time, if it’s possible for the widow to remarry or is young enough to make an honest living, they should be expected to do what they can for themselves. Older widows (older than 60) should be cared for.
They key point in this plan is that we should handle as much responsibility as possible in caring for the people we know. Today, when someone’s in need, we send them straight to the government. What if we began with families working to help other family members. If the burden’s too much, then people in the church should help. If the burden’s still too great, then people should look to government assistance. As followers of Christ, many of us have been blessed tremendously. God has called us to care for people in need using His resources, that He’s entrusted to us. We must find ways to care for others, especially family and church family.
Lord, thank You for blessing me beyond anything I could imagine. Help me to use the financial blessings to minister to others.