Lesson 5 in the Adorned Study
If you know a woman who
~is godly in her conduct,
~wears clothes that are tasteful and appropriate,
~uses speech that is gracious,
~and shows that she loves the Lord by the way she speaks and acts,
then you know a woman who is reverent in her behavior.
If you go out shopping, walk the streets in a city, or go to a public event, you are likely not going to see these kind of actions present in excess, or even being applauded. But that’s to be expected in the world, right? Why? Because sinners sin.
But let’s think about the behavior of women in your church, and more specifically the woman who sits in your pew…in your seat. Do you and I typify the command Paul gives to women in Titus 2?
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,
Reverent behavior isn’t something we put on and take off. It isn’t wearing long robes and walking around with our hands folded. It’s showing that our relationship with Christ has an effect on every single day and every single thing we do.
It will show in the way we carry ourselves, in the way we respond to people in public, the way we go about our daily responsibilities. We will consistently realize each moment of our day is a high and holy calling.
In her book, Adorned, Nancy Wolgemuth references Anna in Luke 2, who was daily in the temple. It seems she lived there because she loved God and His people. She was there when Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus.
And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
She realized this child was God’s Son, the promised Savior! She recognized God’s work in her midst! If we are reverent in our behavior, it will be because of what’s in our hearts. That means that we, too, will be aware of God’s work around us! She used her words to express her joy in the Christ child and then she told everyone who would listen! What a beautiful example of a reverent life
Nancy asks: Does this kind of woman appeal to you? Would she fit in well among your circle of friends? Would they admire her brand of perpetual reverence and want to be like her? Or would she be the object of condescending comments and rolled eyes – just a bit too serious about her faith?
Maybe we wish we could be “cool” as we age and be able to relate to the younger women by doing so, but Nancy reminds us that,
They don’t need your relevance; they need to see your reverence.
That’s stinging, isn’t it? How will younger women see our reverence? Like Anna, it will be through
- Our appearance
- Our attitude
- Our lifestyle
This happens when we spend quality time with Jesus. We will show the radiance of a life who daily lives in the presence of a holy God.
May there be a revival of reverence in our hearts so we can show our Savior and adorn the Gospel and may it affect the woman who sits in each of our pews…in each of our seats!
As you consider being “reverent in behavior,” what attitudes and actions come to your mind? Does it seem out of the question to live in the way Paul admonishes here?