Paul continues with the reminder of what it means to care for the widows. There are the young widows who might need assistance and there are the older widows who need assistance. How is the church supposed to know who receives the assistance and who does not? What is a way of doing this that honors the Lord?
The Apostle Paul lays out how the church is to function as a family. First, there is the reminder that Paul has for Timothy that we view the members of the church as family members. However, this has implications for how we widows who are part of the church. How are we to treat widows? Do all widows receive the same amount of funds from the church? Is there a provision for widows not to receive any funds? How do we know who is to receive and who is not as we are all one family?
There are many theories on how to manage money. We could say that we manage it well because we give a lot to the Lord. The issue is why are we being generous? Is it because we believe that the Lord will return our money tenfold? Are we doing it because our conscience has been bound to do so? Are we doing it because we know that the Lord loves a cheerful giver? These are questions that impact our generosity and how we should value the Lord and the things of the Lord. Sometimes we try to be generous because we think that our generosity will be rewarded by God rather than because we know our generosity honors the Lord. So, how do we manage our finances, our lives, and positively strive to be generous for the glory of the Lord? What is involved in our keeping the commandment that requires us not to steal?