Refresh! Relax! Revive! Part 7:
Keepers at home, good: Muscles & Feet
“That they may teach the young women…to be…keepers at home, good...” (Titus 2:4,5)
This is the second to last in our Spiritual Health Spa series based on what the aged women are to teach the younger women in Titus 2:1-5. So far we have talked about loving God, being sober, loving our Husband, loving our Children, and being discreet, and chaste. Today we will talk about being “keepers at home”, which I related to our muscles, and “good” which I related to our feet.
We walk, we run, we do pilates, aerobics, and all kinds of exercise to try to keep our muscles in shape, we know that if you don’t use it, you lose it! A woman who is a “keeper at home” makes working in her home her priority and joy, and she works hard at it. Of course no one lives in a ‘model home’ – our house never looks perfect because it is lived in, but, it should be presentable, orderly, and well-kept. If we stay on top of it, we can be hospitable, and not ashamed of our house when visitors “drop in”, and so we can focus on them and not on ourselves, and how dirty our house is. I am by no means a Greek scholar, but I have learned that the word “Keeper” in the Greek (ergon) means “to be a worker, or be employed”. Have you heard of “ergonomics”? It is the study of the efficiency of the workplace, and the Greek word, “oikos” means “home” (funny, I thought it was a Greek yoghurt, haha!).
Here are some areas that we should be good workers:
At home: As wives and mothers, we are not a housekeeper, but a HOME keeper working at home is our job, so: We are not to be lazy. We are to do whatever we do heartily as to the Lord (Colossians 3:23). The world has the philosophy that it is a low calling in life to be “just a homemaker”, but actually it is the highest calling there is, to raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord in a home that is a haven for them to run to from the chaos of the world, and help them be successful in God’s eyes. YOU are the only one that can be the wife of your husband and the mother of your children, don’t sacrifice that for anything — working outside the home, sports, entertainment, hobbies, or even serving in the church, and I know we have to do these things, but don’t make those things a priority above your family. God is more concerned with our hearts, diligent work pleases Him, so we should be content serving our home and family, there are many ways to make it fun, and interesting. Check out Pinterest!
Like Jesus: The Lord Jesus had a job to do while on earth, and He is our example. He said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34). The word “work” there is the same Greek word (ergon). He made it His whole focus, His whole life was to minister to others (Mark 10:45). The Lord Jesus did nothing to fulfill Himself. The Proverbs 31 woman also did this, the work she did was to benefit her family, and sometimes it took her out of the home. A verse that always convicted me is Proverbs29 :15“…a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” There are many things we can do to keep our home orderly and organized, have you noticed that disorder and chaos create tension? Shopping lists, prioritized to do lists, calendar – color coded for each family member, plan ahead for needs, and Saturday night set out clothes for Sunday morning.
At hospitality: One thing that has been an ENORMOUS influence on my children has been having missionaries to our home. Often, a missionary will come to the Church, my husband will strike up a conversation with them, and invite them back to our house for a meal (when they have children it is a wonderful time for them to relax while their children play with my kids, or now my built-in babysitters). My first reaction is always – YOU WANT TO WHAT!!!!?? But I have learned that if I just diligently keep the house orderly (there are always dust bunnies and cobwebs somewhere!), I can bring them to my house, keep a stock of food in the freezer or pantry, or order pizza, and we can have a wonderful time of fellowship together that has been PRICELESS in the lives of my children. We are told to “use hospitality one to another without grudging” (1 Peter 4:9), and our husbands may want to do this, but if our home is in chaos, he can’t. If you are single, or even a single mom, you are still to diligently work to keep your house, your room in an orderly manner for the same reasons. We are told to entertain strangers (Hebrews 13:2).
Foot massages feel great, don’t they? Pumice stones gets that rough skin off our heels, pedicures, and toe nail polish makes them look great. So, what’s “good” about feet? Well, try getting anywhere without them! Our face looks toward where we are going (sober), but our feet take us there. We need to abide in Christ, so that our heart is Christs home, and our feet lead us to good works. The Greek word for good is “agathas”, which means kind, beneficent, charitable, and sharing. So a young Christian woman should be walking in genuine good works, sharing the Gospel, or the LIGHT! We have a saying in our house, that we often say when we want something that someone else has: “God wants you to share!” (It doesn’t always have the desired response, haha!)
So, here are some good things we should share:
Good Words: Christians are to be known by their love for one another (John 13:34,35), so our words should be kind, not just what we say (discreet), but HOW we say it (Proverbs 31:26), our words should be full of wisdom and kindness. We should put off harsh/sarcastic tones, and put on gentle tones (Proverbs 16:23,24). Beg the Lord to “set a watch on my lips” (Psalm 141:3; 34:13). Have you heard the saying, “LORD, keep your arm around my shoulder, and your hand over my mouth!”, and of course the old, “If you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say nothing at all!”
Good Deeds: I would like to be like Dorcas (maybe not have her name!). She was “full of good works”(Acts 9:36-42). When she died she was missed so much by the widows she had helped that Peter brought her back to life from the dead! What a testimony!! THEN – many believed on the Lord Jesus because of this – that’s the path I want my feet to walk!! How do you feel about interruptions to your daily routine? Interruptions are often an opportunity to show kindness, too often we react in impatience, but if we are walking in the Spirit, God will use us to minister.
“Interruptions are not obstacles to our plan; they are opportunities for us to embrace God’s plan. So, the next time real life comes crashing into your idea that you are “in control,” look for the opportunity to show Christ’s compassion. Instead of being frustrated at the presence of other people, look for the opportunity to reflect the compassion of the Savior.” (Trevin Wax)
Good News: (THE LIGHT) There are two types of people in this world. Saved and yet to be saved. If saved, they are a brother or sister in Christ. If unsaved, the first thing they need is salvation. And, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Our lives should be marked by walking with the Lord and being good and kind, and the kindest thing we can do for another person is share the Gospel with them. What do beautiful feet do? Share the Good News! (Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15;). Walk as children of the Light (Ephesians 5:8).
I trust that this has been helpful to you in your walk with the Lord to be a “keeper at home, and good”.
~Graced and Grateful Grammy
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)