THEME: FAITH AND WORKS
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.”
-Some people have abdicated their duties as parents. Often times have we seen parents who have abandoned their duties of providing for their children destabilizing the well-being of their families. Some street children have confessed openly that they left home because they lacked their basic requirements like food, clothes, shelter, school fees etc. Those who are of faith in Christ are called to exercise their faith and put in works by providing for their own households. Before Eve was given to Adam, he was keeping the garden of Eden as instructed by God, and she became his helper. Further in Proverbs chapter 31, we find the virtuous woman who wakes up early to ensure her household is well provided for. There is a thin line between who should provide for the family between the husband and the wife, but essentially this should be a collective responsibility as; two become one. It should also not be a course of conflict but each one in the household should bear one another with love. Laziness is highly discouraged as the scripture discloses that, if anyone is not willing to work, then he should not eat (2 Thes 3:10). It is therefore prudent to make it a collective responsibility to ensure that the home is established according to the instructions of the Lord. Many including non-believers are keen to watch how such issues are handled in ones family unit. We are therefore called to be a source of the light to the world so that many may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven. Lastly, as stewards of our Master, we should not abandon our duties as we are called and when the Savior returns, each one will receive their reward.
Thank You Holy Spirit for the graces that You have given us. Take charge our Helper of everything we purpose to do so that our desires may always be pleasing to You. Guide us Holy Spirit in our families, marriages, relationships, education and in our work so that all glory and praise may come back to You. Grant us the wisdom to work diligently as if we are working for You Lord and bless the work of our hands. Remember all those who are waiting of You for employment, business and better opportunities that You may open many doors for them so that they may be able to provide for their own households. Intercede for those who are constantly fighting because of financial issues in marriage so that Your peace may prevail. Empower us to become Your faithful stewards Lord so that we may produce much fruit; some thirty fold, sixty fold and others a hundred fold. Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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