“If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed” (1 Timothy 5:16).
These particularities are for there and then. The principle is forever. If one has responsibilities, the church is not to relieve or fulfill those responsibilities. We each need to learn to be dependable and responsible. Yet, throughout the ages, there are those who will let others do for them what they should be doing. Whether it is a small or large task, it does not matter. What matters is that we learn what the Lord would teach us by doing our part.
Lord, it is easy to get caught up with the way the world does things and ignore what You are saying. Guide me, Lord, so that I would do things the way You would have me do them. Lead me in the way of truth in order that I would be responsible as You direct. Help me now and always to see that in You alone is there all hope, for Your word gives me the wisdom I need to live according to Your goodness.
Lord Jesus, You did what needed to be done and did not count the cost. You helped others, even strangers, and in the end appointed John for the care of Your mother. Lead me by Your example Lord so that I would be responsible and do the things You give me to do. Guide me Lord and help me to willingly and consistently follow where You lead. In all things, help me to never shirk my responsibility. Amen.