“Do your own thing.” “Have it your way.” “Don’t tell me what to do.” These and other common phrases are used as product slogans and are often repeated by rebellious, independent individuals. For many people, it is beneath them to listen to the instruction of others. They would never think of yielding their own way of life to the will and commands of another, especially God. However, this pattern of disobedience has no place in the life of a believer.
God commands His children to obey, not just for their own benefit but for the benefit of others, even unbelievers. As they see the consistent walk of obedience and begin to see the fruit of a life of obedience, they start to ask what makes them so different. Then the believer will have an open door to share their testimony. Because of what God has done for them, they show their love to God by living a life of obedience to Him. Even though much of what a believer does may not be seen by others, people still notice the difference in their life.
Christian often relate their obedience by how often they attend church, or how much potato salad they bring to the potluck. But obedience is not measured by how many children they rear and how nice they look. Their obedience is seen in the quiet surrendering of the matters of the heart. They are honest, with God, others and especially themselves. They are faithful to their husbands, in thought and in action. They spend faithful quiet time in prayer. They take time to study and learn the Word for themselves, not just relying on their the faith and knowledge of their husbands. Obedient women cultivate a heart of generosity and hospitality and keep the home clean and orderly. These are outward expressions of the inner heart of obedience.
When a Christian woman walks in obedience in these smaller areas, God can trust her with even greater responsibilities. Titus 2:4 teaches that the older women are to teach the younger “to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”Teaching is a tremendous opportunity to help other women, to bring them out of an independent, rebellious lifestyle and into submission and obedience to God.