To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
As women of God we are always learning, growing and struggling. And if we are not, we should be. Our Homes are where the most time will be spent by our family, together. Our husbands work and once or twice a week, we spend time with our Church family learning and growing. But even as wonderful and sweet this time is, it is only for a couple of hours and maybe a couple a day a week. And the rest of the week our worship and growth are played out in our everyday faith. Most of our worship and growth, will be in our homes. Praying and worshipping throughout the day. Reading the Word, renewing our minds, daily.
Our homes are a small piece of this enormous blue planet that have been staked out for your family. The weight and importance of this small property cannot be emphasized enough. This is where we pray, worship, love, learn, nurture, cry, cook, bleed, mourn, grieve, fight and so much more.
To be workers at home highlights and makes much of our duties in the home. And when I say duties, I do mean labor of love. Labor, much like we endured through child birth. God has said that we would have pain in child birth and the Apostle Paul further added, that we will forget this pain once we see our child. Because of our great joy for our child, our pain is forgotten. The same in our labor in our homes. Labor is a beautiful thing. It is sacrifice. Loving, hard and tangible service to those we love most. To love and labor alongside and for our own families. Our families. That our husband and children would be our priority. That their needs, in our station, as Wife and mother can provide for them. Provide for them and their good.
I am saddened when I hear mothers feel depressed or unhappy when they are confronted by a feminist that demeans their work as useless and meaningless. I will immediately encourage them that their blessings are like curses, to feminists. The feminists serve their employer and self, and this has no reward or lasting value. They pour into that which cannot love and care for them. The working world requires a woman to be facsimile of a man. This frustrates women in the workplace. They cannot attain contentment because they continually fight against the one they deem to be like. Men.
Feminists in their quest to rule over men, accuse men of oppressing women who want to obey God and be keepers of their homes. Again, they miss the mark. They miss what God has made to be good. They miss how obedience is good for us, and will bring blessing. Working at home is a privilege and a blessing to the Christian wife and mother. We marvel sweetly that this little piece of property that we refer to as “home” is filled with the very people that no number of projects, meetings or money, can buy. These are the people that God has called us to minister to, this is our first and foremost ministry. We are entrusted with this wonderful place called “home”.
In Titus 2 “workers of the home” is used to focus the wife and mother on her own home, her own piece of property, owned or rented. Her domain. Staked out for her family. The focus must not be on other homes. As in running from house to house, idly. But rather to focus on those things that enrich our homes. From our very wedding day to birth of our first child, and beyond we should richly bless the health and life of our families. Wanting only not to tear down but to always build up the foundation, which Christ has laid in our hearts. As our Savior can be trusted to finish the good work, He has started in us, we can trust our Savior to give us what is necessary for us to finish the work, He has set us to do. To be workers, keepers of our homes.
Where is this place that we look to go when the world is too loud and too harsh? Where is this place our child wants to go when they are too long tired and hungry? Where is this place that God has set for families to dwell and strive together for His glory? This is the home. This is our home. We never want to minimize the importance of this simple but profound piece of property. Small in contrast to the world around us. But huge in the mother’s heart, that keeps and works that property, to make it a home. Cultivating the good for the glory of God.
And that cultivation is at times hard work. But never futile. Never regret the work that is set before you. It is life giving, sustaining work. Love those moments of keeping your home. Souls are watching you and one day will most likely replicate much of what you sowed into their lives. Esteem them highly, pray for them faithfully. Time is a thief. Fallen is this world. Love keeping your home for those that God has entrusted to your heart.
Things to think about:
- How do you respond to women that demean your work at home?
- Do you have other “workers of the home” to meet with and encourage each other?( This is so helpful to freshen up your soul)
- Do you focus on your home? Feeding your home Life from God’s Word. Applying it to building up your home?
- Love these moments.The hard,easy,messy, and teary eyed moments. Love them all. Build upon them all.
“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”
― Elisabeth Elliot