“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
1 Timothy 5:8
We live in an era where everyone are busy all day. We have no time to pause and ponder. Often, we even fail to give importance to the needs of our families. The problem is prevalent not just among professing Christians but even more among those who are involved in Christian ministries.
For the world, money could be everything but it can’t be so for a Christian. However, that doesn’t exclude him from meeting the needs of his family.
Like any other thing, money has its good and bad sides. Nevertheless, money is a necessity while we are in this world.
Jesus himself highlighted the importance of money as a medium of exchange while answering the Pharisees who tried to trap Him. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:20-21)
It is the duty of every Christian to meet the needs of his family. By nature, even unbelievers have the conviction to meet the needs of their families. If a Christian ignores the needs of his household, he is doing worse than those who are outside the Christian faith.
Money in itself is not bad but the love for it. The Bible says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” (Timothy 6:10) While we strive hard to meet our financial needs, we should be cautious not to become greedy.
Above all, we need to look to God who alone can meet all our needs. Apostle Paul writes, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
King Solomon sums up the necessity and sufficiency of money with a beautiful prayer. “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8-9).
Let us work diligently and rely completely on God to provide for all our financial needs!