Becoming a Titus Two lady is certainly possible when you're single. Womanhood God’s Way begins the moment you recognize that in Christ you have identity and purpose. Your purpose includes your gifts and talents but ultimately is rooted in obedience to Scriptures instruction because He saved us to be His very own special people (Titus 2:14).
When I read Psalm 38 verses 14-22 this morning I immediately thought about Jesus. I thought about His Words in Luke 24:44,45:
“Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. (Luke 24:44-45)
The connection to Hebrews 5:7,8 was also evident:
“During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:7-8)
“…He was heard because of His reverence.”
There it is again, the word reverence. I mentioned it last week and this week it’s even more clear why Titus Two gives the instruction,
“…In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior…” (Titus 2:3)
I continue to emphasize that our pursuit of womanhood God’s way is rooted in discipleship or should I say sanctification. We are getting the privilege of conforming to the Christ so we can once again bear the image of God properly. Not just in form but in power (2 Timothy 3:5).
Here is where we tie it all together…
As women sometimes we are hesitant to display reverence in different situations because we are concerned that we will be crushed or overpowered. It could be in the workplace or it could be in the context of marriage. There are situations where we assert ourselves versus submitting ourselves. We can resort to disrespect for the sake of protecting our pride. On a deeper level it usually boils down to fear. We are afraid to submit to God’s way of crying out for His help/rescue if we feel threatened. We instinctively turn to our own defenses in one way, shape, or form.
All this can be practically applied because we don’t have to be afraid to obey God’s instruction to be reverent (and I’m speaking about situations where it feels like the wrong thing to do because of the risk). We can see Jesus pouring out His concerns and thoughts, He cried, He was vulnerable with His Father, so that before men He remained harmless as a dove. Oh! The importance of this trait, this characteristic called reverence.
Our adornment of the teachings of God looks just like Jesus. In the hard moments embracing His way versus following our own. Think of the adjectives the LORD wants us to be described as, kind, gentle, patient, reverent, pure, etc. Behaving this way is not only for the married woman or for mothers. They are the very essence of Biblical womanhood.
~Embrace the woman you are called to be
Grace and peace.
Continued next week…