Being Spiritually Dead
1 Timothy 5:5-6
Now a true widow, a woman who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. She prays night and day, asking God for his help.
But the widow who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead even while she lives
In this scripture you get to see a term you don’t see very often in the bible, “Spiritually dead”. A comparison was done between two set of people, sorry, two set of believers. Two widows, one who has placed her hope in God, and the other who is spiritually dead. First of all, notice that both set of widows being spoken about here are believers, spiritually dead here isn’t talking about not being a Christian, rather it’s talking about being spiritually dull, or inactive, and from the comparison done, this is not a great place or position to be at, and it’s God’s desire that we aren’t spiritually dull, hence the need for the instruction given by Paul.
The other set of widows who weren’t Spiritually dull engaged in a spiritual activity that was responsibility for this, and that activity is praying.
She prays night and day, asking God for his help
And I don’t think Apostle Paul was exaggerating when he said they pray night and day, indicating that they prayed multiple times, and had their hearts set on what was supernatural. It kept their spiritual consciousness alive, and ofcourse, answers to their prayers would also effect some positive changes.
What could they have spent night and day praying about? Well our key scriptures highlights that they would have been praying for God’s help. When most people hear about Gods help, they immediately begin to envision prayers for need, this is a wonderful thing to pray for, however, for these widows, arrangements were already being made to cater for their needs remember?
1 Timothy 5:3,9
Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.
A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband
So what were they asking God for help for? well what did they spend the bulk of their time doing?
1 Timothy 5:17 – Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching
They most likely spent the bulk of their time praying for help as regarding Gods work in ministry. Prayers are very important, and show that you are not spiritually dead. It’s not all about asking for your needs (which would end in this world), but mostly about praying to fulfil God’s will on the earth. Don’t be spiritually dead, spend your time praying.
Thank you Lord for your life in me, teach me to spend my time praying your will, amen.
Author – Gem