Sunday, August 17, 2014

Our Lives Are All About The Gospel

When God commands something, it is for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.

That they may teach the young women to be sober, 
to love their husbands, to love their children, 
to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, 
obedient to their own husbands, 
that the word of God be not blasphemed...
that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. 
Titus 2:4,5,10

We are to be sober so we can be alert to the dangers around us, protecting ourselves and our families from the lies of the Satan. We must grow in the wisdom and the knowledge of the Lord so we can clearly distinguish between the lies of society verses the Truth of God's Word so others may see the beauty of God's Truth lived out and may draw others to Him.

We are to love our husbands so there will be peace and harmony in our homes, so we may model the unity between Christ and His church. We can represent strong, solid marriages to a society where this is becoming the exception rather than the norm. Christ is the glue that holds it all together.

We are to love our children, disciplining them and raising them in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord so they will grow up to be godly offspring and continue to spread the sweet aroma of our Lord and Savior.

We are to be discreet and chaste so as to not cause others to stumble and give Satan a foothold in their lives. We are to draw others to Christ by our behavior instead of away. Our behavior needs to look different from the world around us and cause people to wonder what makes us "set apart" and live lives opposite of the way the world lives, then be prepared to give a defense of our faith when asked.

We are to be keepers at home so we can guard and protect our families from the enemy who  wants to destroy them. We must be vigilant with what they fill their eyes and minds with so we can make sure they are learning Truth instead of lies. We must nourish their bodies and souls so they will be prepared for the spiritual battle they will encounter in the world. We must have homes of peace and order so our families will have a place of refuge from the storm.

We must be good. Satan is bad and everything that is bad comes from him. God is good and everything good comes from Him. We want to look like Jesus. We must hate what is evil and cling to what is good. We must be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil {Romans 16:19}.

We must be obedient to our husbands since God designated them as heads of the home and told them to be the leader. A house united stands while a house divided falls. A house with one in authority stands while a house with two heads falls. God is a God of peace and order, not strife. Strife pushes people away from knowing Jesus. The world is watching.

Therefore, all these commands are to proclaim the Gospel to a lost and fallen world. They aren't simply for our good but for a much more important goal, that of reaching a lost world for Christ and this reaching begins in the home.