February 24, 2012
Today’s Text: 1 Timothy 5:8
Today’s Key Thought: A wise steward of their resources provides for their family.
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy centuries ago informing him of how one should take care of their family. Paul told Timothy that believers should be known as people who are providers for their households. In Timothy’s eastern culture the idea of family was much larger than that of our American culture. The family in eastern culture included each living generation which sometimes lived together under one roof. It was important for the men and women of these families who could provide for those in their household to do so. Although our concept of family is sometimes smaller in number, the principle stressed by Paul for believers to provide for their own is not. As believers, we are charged to be people who provide for our own families. As we provide, we take care of the family God has made us stewards of. It is important for men especially, to do all they can to provide for their families as the headship of their home. Today, many people rely solely on the government to provide for their families, while they can truly be doing more to provide for them themselves. The Bible equates those who choose to not provide for their families as worse than those who are unbelievers. A wise steward of their resources seeks to do all they can to provide for their family in every area.
You aren’t yet at the point of providing, but you can help your family in many different ways. As a provider, responsibility is sometimes a lot of work. How can you find ways to help your family share this load at home financially, spiritually, and emotionally? Your actions or lack of actions make a huge difference in making a difference in your family in these areas.