Digging Deeper – May 18, 2018
FRIDAY, MAY 18
“and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”
Titus 2:4-5 ESV
WONDER WOMAN:A MOM
A husband is advised by a psychiatrist to assert himself. “You don’t have to let your wife henpeck you. Go home and show her you’re the boss.” The husband takes the doctor’s advice. He rushes home, slams the door, and growls, “From now on, you’re taking orders from me. I want my supper right now, and when you get it on the table, go upstairs, and lay out my best clothes. Tonight, I’m going out with the boys, and you are going to stay at home where you belong. And another thing, guess who’s going to comb my hair, give me a shave, and tie my necktie?” His wife says calmly, “The undertaker.”
It wouldn’t be wise for any man to go home and make those type of demands to his wife. The Apostle Paul had a much different tone when he addressed God’s priorities for moms. Titus 2 encouraged women to “work at home.” This is an interesting phrase coming from 2 Greek words. One word means home and the other word means worker. Paul is not prohibiting women from working outside the home, but he clearly urges that the home take a position of priority in our lives. A woman is to be a “worker at home” in the sense that the house (her husband and children and the management of the home) is her number one priority.
Christian homes are created, they do not just happen. Bible commentator, William Barclay, wrote, “It is the simple fact that there is no greater task, responsibility and privilege in this world than to make a home.” We are all pulled in so many directions these days. However, nurturing our homes must remain our priority. Do you feel like a healthy and godly home is a priority for you? What is one thing you can do this week to show your family that they are a priority to you?