Widows Who Changed The World

Sunday, February 1, 2009

I Timothy 5:9-16

It may seem surprising to realize that the early church seemed to have developed a detailed ministry role for some widows in the early church. By the 3rd century, they had formed an official order in the church. They gave themselves to prayer, assisted women in baptism, cared for orphans, nursed the sick, visited in prison, evangelized pagan women, provided hospitality for strangers, and taught younger women the life of godliness.

We may wonder how this relates to us today, but in many ways, these women modeled Christian virtue. Their example leaves us with a more rounded picture of “religion that is pure and undefiled”. (James 1:27) Today we will learn from them, of the kind of life that God wants for all of us.