“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Tim 5:8)

We have a responsibility for those around us. We are not isolated or insulated from the community into which God has positioned us. This is even more important when we consider our immediate family and relatives. How important does God consider our responsibility to provide for relatives? Could it really be more important than faith itself? Could that possibly be right? Read the Scripture in 1 Timothy 5:8 again.

There is not wriggle room in the Scripture. It is an outward sign that we are following Jesus. We have a God-given obligation to help our relatives and especially to provide for our immediate household.

I believe this responsibility goes beyond the financial and extends into the emotional, spiritual, and the all-important allocation of time and attention. That is a challenge to all of us with busy jobs and lives.

Quick Prayer: Remind me of my obligations, and bring family members in need to my attention. Amen.