Today’s Reading | 1 Timothy 5:1-16
Caring for Family
As your parents get older, whose responsibility will it be to care for them? The answer is found in today’s reading, and it might surprise you. Paul, in today’s reading, gives Timothy some very clear instruction regarding specific groups of people. He explains to Timothy that he, as a pastor, is to instruct family members to take care of their mother if she becomes widowed. Her children and grandchildren have the responsibility to care for their mother/grandmother if she has lost her husband. The reason for this responsibility is found in verse four. It is a way of repaying her for the care she gave to her children while they were growing up. Paul makes it clear that when we leave home we do not leave the responsibilities for our parents behind. As our parents grow older, it becomes our responsibility to care for them as it was theirs to care for us when we were unable to care for ourselves. To neglect this responsibility is to disobey God’s clearly stated command. As you grow older, do not forget God’s expectations when the time comes to care for your parents. Acknowledge the sacrifices they made and the times they were inconvenienced for you while under their care.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?