Dear Sisters in Christ,
I am going to write a series of devotionals on the characteristics of a godly woman. I pray this edifies you as well as myself. When I read about the Titus 2 woman, the last part of verse 5 (which I have bolded) stands out in my mind, “That the word of God be not blasphemed.” I trust it is your desire, as it is my own, to glorify the Lord in every area of life.
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2: 3-5)
There are several other verses I would like us to look at, and some of the characteristics are reoccurring and intertwined, however, for this devotional I would like to address the role of a homemaker first.
A Christian woman must keep a godly home; this is a command from the Lord. John MacArthur explains that “Radical feminism was an integral part of the Roman Empire in the New Testament times.” He goes on to explain that modern feminism is actually nothing new or modern, but a regression into the past.
As the Lord is the focus and center of our everyday life, it should show in our homes practically. The focus is NOT on the family, but how the family can focus together on the Lord and glorify Him. This is not about having a perfectly spotless home, or fine cuisine prepared nightly, but doing whatever we do to the glory of God.
Our husbands are our spiritual leaders, and head of the family. However, a mother spends more hours in a day with her children, and has great influence over them at a young age. Our children are watching us and learning from us daily, so let’s redeem the time. Ask yourself a few simple questions: Do I have a morning devotional time and prayer with the children? (In our home evening devotional was given by my husband) Do my children see me give praise to the Lord when our family is going through trials? The Sovereignty of God can be explained to our children during these periods of life. Do we discipline our children in light of the Gospel? This shows justice, repentance, forgiveness, etc. if carried out rightly, and can be explained to them on a level they understand. If we are too harsh or impatient do we ask forgiveness and apologize to our children? Parents are not perfect, and children should know this, we point them to Christ, not ourselves as the standard. Most of our day with our children can be practically focused on living out of the Gospel, and every situation that arises during the day can be looked at through the “lens of Scripture”.
Also, we should guard our children’s minds at an early age, and help them grow in discernment. Much of the media and other worldly entertainments at best are vain, some are outright blasphemous, and others are more subtle in sinful worldviews and philosophies. Even a commercial can be used to demonstrate sin and the world’s need for Christ.
You may be asking yourself, what if I have to work outside of the home? While it is not ideal, some women must do this in order to help their husbands. In some situations, there is no other way to live a more humble lifestyle, and additional income is needed for housing, food, and clothing. This does not negate having a godly home; you can still point your children to Christ on a daily basis. Some additional questions to ask yourself are: Can I work part time? Is a night shift possible? Who should I entrust my children to? Is a Christian family member or a sister in Christ available? Is there a Christian run daycare center or preschool? Also, if you are blessed to be able to stay at home, is there a sister that could use your help in caring for her children while she works?
I know this can sound overwhelming, sisters, but let’s remember the Gospel ourselves, and what was done by Christ for us. If we keep the Gospel in view of our daily living, we will be less and less overwhelmed. We will not be perfect, but our Lord and Savior is! Let us live in the glory of His grace!
May the Lord bless you as you live in the light of the Gospel!
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