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Discover the Book - Nov. 15, 2009

  • 2009 Nov 15

Grace-Energized Homemakers

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For the past 20 centuries God has offered to every married woman the privilege of turning each moment she spends in her hut, tent, cave, flat, apartment, or palace--into eternal crowns to cast at Christ's feet.

Since Paul sat to pen one word "homemakers" (NKJV) ["keepers at home" (KJV); "to be busy at home" (NIV); "workers at home" (NAS)] to his young son-in-the-ministry named Titus, every grace-energized homemaker can offer in worshipful service to God-- each dish that she washed, each towel she folded, each diaper she changed, and each weary day she spent with self-centered family members.

Titus 2:5 promises each grace-energized homemaker that they can redeem every moment they spend in the endless duties of the home into worship offerings of obedience to God. 

As we open to this next virtue that God desires to be cultivated in the lives of grace-energized women—the very concept is increasingly offensive to our 21st century world. "Admonish the younger women to be…homemakers".

Of all the godly traits older women of the faith were to exhibit and train the younger women to embrace—this is the most controversial. In our liberated women, egalitarian society nothing riles modern women more than the image of a home-bound-slaving woman that this passage seems to portray.

And even in the church of today nothing seems harder than to convince wives that their primary ministry ordained by God is to be their husbands; and mothers that their primary calling is to disciple and nurture their children.

The lesson of this verse is not so much that a woman's place is in the home as it is that her priority is for her home, and that calling from God becomes evident by her choices. It is not whether she works outside the home or not--just being in or out of a building that you live in, is not the measure of this virtue.

God explains that her home is a wife and mother's special domain; and must always be her highest priority. It is within the home that a woman can provide the best ways to express her love for her husband and children—by obeying the Lord and following His plan!

When God's grace helps us resist the pressure of culture, and we set our mind on His plan and will—we live out God's best.

God's best for a married woman is seeing home management as her special ministry plan assigned directly by her Creator and Redeemer; and thereby pleasing the One who called her to that ministry.

Think of the joy it can be to go through life doing exactly what God designed you to do, wants you to do, and walks through life giving His grace to help you succeed.

That is what a grace-energized homemaker has to look forward to—loving the ministry God gave her to do. She can echo Paul's words in Colossians 3:23-22: 

"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ."  NKJV

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