Since we’re getting back in the groove let’s have a quick reminder of what this series is all about.
Titus 2.3-5 is a condensed guide — a syllabus, a curriculum for study — of what God has planned for women. We’ve been studying this text since last March. (Check out our archives for an in-depth refresher!) I figure if you want to know how to please someone, find out what he wants you to do and do it. Since God laid it out so nicely in this passage, we might as well apply wisdom and take advantage of it! Let’s have a refresher and read it:
Don’t look now, but that scripture just said that older women are to teach younger women to be “good”. Wow. How is that for trite, blase’, ordinary, unimpressive, dull, boring, way less than “cool” — and downright unexciting. Good. The word conjures up memories of handwritten report cards. You could get excellent or needs improvement or just plain ol’ good. Somehow I came away feeling less than satisfied when I saw those cursive letters spelling out g-o-o-d.
But here it is; God wants us to be good. Is there something there that I’ve missed?
1. morally excellent; virtuous; righteous
2. satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree
3. of high quality; excellent
4.right; proper; fit
I think I get the point. Goodness is excellence. It satisfies God’s heart. It is appropriate, fitting for God’s people. It is right that we should be good.
Strong’s Concordance has this entry for the word “good” in our text:
1. of good constitution or nature
2. useful, salutary
3. good, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy
4. excellent, distinguished
5. upright, honourable
Women who please God and represent Him faithfully are to be pleasant and agreeable, joyful and happy, upright and distinguished.
I think that gives me something to meditate on. And more than enough to work on today!