Just exactly what happens when women learn to be good. What does it look like? What is the fruit evidenced in their lives of such goodness?
Did you note that list of good works? Maybe these aren’t the kinds of things you consider noteworthy — maybe you were thinking of great things instead. But here we have it — these things are identified by God as good works. Guess we should take a look!
1. bringing up children
2. lodging strangers
3. washing saints’ feet
4. relieving the afflicted
5. diligently follow good works
The things on that list are not beyond our grasp. God has not required something of us that we cannot do. A hefty financial investment is not necessary (although if it is within your means that may be your privilege, too!) It will cost you time and energy, and will incorporate creativity, gifts that God has given to everyone.
I understand that your time may be at a premium, your energy spent, and your creativity taxed. Young moms especially may feel the squeeze. Just the same, now is the time to establish good works in your routine. Modeling such sacrifice to your children reaps great reward as you see them grow in an understanding of sowing their own time and energy in kingdom service in the days to come. Allowing your 5 yr. old to make a pie with you expressly for the purpose of bringing it next door to welcome that new neighbor teaches them many Godly principles and establishes a pattern of good works in their young life. Training your children to tidy the home for company, greet the visitor properly at the door, serve them food and drink, entertain them, and carry on conversation provides them with tools to use for years to come and allows you to practice hospitality today. Getting involved in a soup kitchen or gift-box ministry to needy children provides opportunity for your children to serve by your side in such valuable ministry.
So, take a survey of how you invest your time and energy. Then begin to plan accordingly. Re-prioritize, add to, revamp, get back on track, or keep it up!
“Be good” — and produce good works. Start today! There’s no better time than now.