Be a Keeper at Home

Edith Schaffer stated that a Christian, above all people, should live artistically, aesthetically, and creatively. We who are in fellowship with our Creator should seek to reflect Him. God loves beauty and placed it in the first home. "God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food" (Genesis 2:9). It evidently mattered to God that the place in which He placed Adam and Eve would be beautiful.

In Titus 2, God asked that women be keepers at home, so keeping our homes can be our service to God. In our ladies' Bible study we discussed Jesus' statement in John 5:30 that He lived for God's pleasure, not His own: "I seek not to please myself but him who sent me." Real fulfillment comes when we see serving our family as our service to God. Karla remarked, "So I guess I should just look at the dirty bathtub and wet towels lying around and say, 'This cleaning is my service to You, Lord.'"

God notices when we consciously say about any menial task, "This is for You, Jesus." 

In Titus 2:1, Paul gives the reason the older women are to instruct the younger women to be busy at home. They are to "promote the kind of living that reflects right teaching." This verse could be translated as women are to "promote the kind of living that makes our doctrine attractive." It's interesting that a well-kept home can help make our doctrine attractive to others.

God loves beauty and it pleases Him for us to express our love for it in our homes. In fact, He made women with a desire for beauty. When I asked a missionary what I could send her when she lived in Papua New Guinea, she requested something for her home that would add beauty.

Dear Jesus, thank You that my care for my family can can be a way I can express my desire to please You.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is Christ you are serving" (Colossians 3:23-24).