Summary: Too many women even in the church have settled for a high quality cubic zirconia’s life rather than a life adorned with a quality of ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
The Behavior of Women in the Church
Scriptural Reference: Titus 2:3-5
Titus 2:3-5 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed
Titus 2:3 – 5 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that is appropriate for someone serving the Lord. They must not go around speaking evil of others and must not be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5 to live wisely and be pure, to take care of their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. (NLT)
I came home late one evening from a day of activities around the office and found my wife sitting in from of the television looking at of those cable shows where they sell you projects by a tele-salesperon.
It was either the Home Shopping Network or QVC. The segment she just happened to catch was on jewelry. But this was not just any jewelry; it had a name --- Diamonique.
I discovered from her that Diamonique is the closet thing to a real diamond in color, cut, clarity, and carat without the diamond cost. A woman can buy a 3 - carat Dominique ring for a price that is substantially lower than the real thing.
They sell this stone paraded in everything from rings to bracelets, from earrings to pendants, from brooches to stick pins by the thousands. It is the highest selling among all races, creeds, and colors. It’s such a high seller, this gemstone has its own week called --- Diamonique week.
They say that the look of a Dominique gemstone is so close to a diamond gemstone that only a trained diamond expert can distinguish what is really lacking. The difference of course is what is on the inside.
Wives have been fooled, mothers have been fooled, co-workers have been fooled, and friends have been fooled by Diamonique that is man made while diamonds are natural made.
Stay with me because I’m going somewhere. Many women have been seduced to settle for what looks like a diamond, what feels like a diamond, what has the color, cut, carat, and clarity of a diamond instead of the real McCoy.
The culture today has seduced older women and younger women into settling for a quality of life that looks colorful, cut just right for them, and a life that carries a lot of value to it, but under the eye of the expert jewelry named God there is something lacking.
Too many women even in the church have settled for a high quality cubic zirconia’s life rather than a life adorned with a quality of ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Paul sent Titus to Crete to prepare the churches there for effective evangelism in the culture. He gave them a theology lesson in the first chapter, now he is giving them a practical lesson in the final two chapters.
That is Titus was suppose to gather women together – old and young and instruct them on how to behave themselves when they leave the church if people are going to believe that they are saved.
We addressed the older men Older men as verse 2 says are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith and love and perseverance;
And the younger men are to self-controlled and Titus was to model a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing uncorrutpness, gravity, and sincerity; sound speech that could not be condemned
That was last week, now lets talk to the ladies. Ladies --- are you in the house this morning?
Now remember, this whole chapter gives to us teaching on the character of a healthy church, that is a church that is going to have an effective witness to the world, that is going to have an evangelistic impact.
In order for a church to have that kind of impact, the people in it must conduct themselves in a godly way.
You will remember in verse 5 he says, "This instruction is so that the Word of God may not be dishonored," in verse 8, "So that the opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us."
And in verse 10, "So that we may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect." Because as verse 11 says, "God’s grace has appeared, bringing salvation to all men."