Is our work as homemakers truly valuable?

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Created to be homemakers

No doubt the words I write in this article will anger some women. Yet, I will write them because as a woman who desires to please the Lord in everything, and everything includes my writing, I must–for His glory–tell the truth.

Ladies, do you know why God created you? What purpose He intended for women when He created Eve? Scripture is clear as to our purposes and duties. All throughout Scripture, Old Testament through New, God gave men one job, women another. We choose to ignore this because culture has so influenced our understanding.

Truth, according to God

The truth isn’t whatever I believe it is, whatever culture says it is, whatever you or I or anyone else might desire it to be; no, truth–even concerning men and women–is what God alone declares it to be.

When women ignore God’s direct commands to them in Titus 2 concerning being wives, mothers, and homemakers, and what they are to teach and learn, they are ignoring God.

This is no small thing.

God commended the Bereans because they so wanted to please Him that they went daily searching to see if what they were being taught was the truth. Did the preaching they were hearing align with Scripture? That’s all they wanted to know. If it did, they wanted to obey it.

It’s what we must do, also. In our own studies, through the books we read, the podcasts we listen to, even our pastor’s preaching, we must ask this: Does what is being taught fully align with Scripture?

Women’s duties

Let’s look at two of the clearest sections of Scripture in the New Testament written about the duties of women in being wives mothers, and homemakers:

1 Timothy 5: 14, So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.

Titus 2: 3-5, The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 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.

The lies of feminism

God created women to love their families and care for their homes. This has long been ignored, twisted, and disregarded. Feminism tells us that we find our purpose in serving ourselves; God says otherwise.

Feminists will tell you that marriage is slavery. That if you are a homemaker, you are oppressed. And that if you have children, you have given up your purpose for snotty nosed parasites.

In 1 Timothy, the Lord, speaking to younger widows, commands them to marry and have children rather than being idle or being gossips or busybodies. The command is relevant to all women, as seen in Titus 2: 3-5.

Titus 2 assumes that older women have been wives, mothers, and homemakers and have cared for those who needed her help and is now able to guide younger women as they become such women–who can then help train other young women. Furthermore, God insists that widows were women who did good works, helped those who were in need, and showed hospitality.

When we denigrate the care of our families and homes, we denigrate our families. When we prioritize our desires, having a job, or fulfilling ourselves over the love and care of our families, we are saying we are more important than they. When cooking, caring, loving, and scrubbing is devalued, we devalue the people we are doing it for.

Think about this: If having a job is more important to you than getting your husband off in the morning, changing your baby’s diaper, or preparing a warm and nutritious meal for them in the evening, you are saying that the work you do is more important than doing those things for your family. You are, in essence, telling your husband and children that they aren’t worth your time or efforts.

Sisters, may we glorify our Lord through obedience to the calling He has given us.

Soli Deo Gloria!

1 Timothy 5: 14 (1 of 17
Called to be keepers of the home
younger women (17 of 17)

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