One of the primary responsibilities, when you get married, is to provide for your family. This means the essentials like food, clothing, and shelter. For most people, this is a no-brainer, and we do it willingly. For others, it is a struggle because of the hard-luck that has befallen them. To forsake our families when we are capable of working is one of the lowest acts in God’s eyes.
1 Timothy 5:8
“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.”
Paul was big on Christians being responsible. Previously, he had said that if you do not work, you will not eat. Today, we look at a verse directed at the men of the house and their responsibility to provide for their family. If they don’t, it is an act that is equal to denying their faith, and you rank lower than an unbeliever. You can almost sense from the tone of Paul’s words that he is tired of dealing with this issue.
Don’t Be a Drain
Why was Paul so harsh? Some people were sapping off the church, and their families were going hungry due to their laziness. Sure, there are always exceptions to the rules, and the Bible addresses those, but for those who were able, they needed to be out there working to provide. Doing so does more than just put food on the table; it gives a sense of security and safety.
Provide for Your Family
Nothing has changed today. Your role is to provide for your household and beyond. It starts in your home and then extends to your family that doesn’t live with you. They shouldn’t be a burden on the church or others if you can provide for them. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to are too cheap and expect others to do it. According to Paul’s words, they deny the faith and worse than unbelievers. Provide for your family.
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