‘But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.’
1 Timothy 5:8
We are all growing up. There was a time, when our parents would give us food, change our diapers and put us on bed to sleep. Those times passed and now, having my own child makes me do everything that my parents did to me. Not only the caring part, but to love and to teach.
When talking about caring we tend to look to our spouse and kids, but in this chapter Paul is talking specifically about the widows and the elders, not only about the responsibilities of the community called “church”, but also for the believers and their families. He connects the “caring” for others with the true faith.
My grandmother is a widow and my parents are getting older. My wife’s parents are also getting older. Living in Japan, so far away from home, it is easy to forget that there are people in my own family that needs attention and help. Thanks God that I have 3 siblings, so we can share responsibilities. In Japan the family is smaller, but the needs are bigger. We pray that we will be able to take care of them, as they did our whole life.
Lord, help us as a church to care for people that are in need. Help us as a believers to look inside our own homes to see who needs our help. Soon, some of our relatives will not be able to work anymore. Help us to care for them and support them. In Jesus name.