Titus 2 tells us that older women are to teach younger women to be good. To be good. That sounds like “from the inside out” kinda stuff to me. Not just a put-on, but deep-down goodness. From the heart. From the bowels, to borrow a KJV concept.
If we be good we automatically do good. A corn plant grows corn; an apple tree bears apples; a good bush brings forth good fruit. The Bible makes it clear that one cannot do Godliness or goodness without a heart change. God and good are strongly related. “There is none good but God.”
So we find that in order to do good, we must be good. In order to be good, we must come into relationship with God, walk daily with Him, allow His Spirit control in our lives; in short, we must be His disciples. We can learn goodness and attain goodness in no other way.
Anything else is counterfeit, put-on, fake — mere attempts by mankind to self-satisfy, or to gratify an itch to do something in this life that might bring meaning to chaos and emptiness; something to make men “feel good” about themselves. Bottom line: self is the motivator.
Good is wrapped up in service to others, showing sincere deference to their needs and wishes. It is esteeming others higher than oneself. It is respecting and honoring them as His creation. It is loving those around me — I mean really, truly loving them and doing them good. It is God-sized stuff.
This is what we were made for. This is our greatest destiny. To be good, to do good. To serve others. To love as He loved. This is God-sized stuff. I dare you to try and do it on your own. I don’t mean to discourage, but you will fail. We need Him for this endeavor. And the beauty of it all is this: goodness reflects Him — reveals Him — like nothing else will.
Today, love those around you, do good to those who despise you, serve the smallest one of all. Do God-sized stuff. The world waits for, longs for, and needs you, Oh woman of God!