“…and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2:4-5)
There are few passages in the Bible written directly to women, and this is one of those. Most of the Bible’s instruction is for people in general or even for men. But every so often, there is something just for us. We need to take special note of these instructions.
These verses are for you, girls. This is what you as a follower of Christ and a young woman should be pursuing. You may be thinking, yeah right, I don’t even have a husband or children yet. This isn’t for me. But you’re wrong.
Training always begins before the actual event. Athletes prepare for months before a big competition. That way, when the time comes they’ll be prepared and know how to correctly and effectively perform. The same is true for our lives. Just because you’re not a “settled down,” married woman doesn’t mean you can’t be learning how to put these verses into practice in your life right now.
This is who you will be one day. And even if you don’t get married, you are still called to be loving, self-controlled, pure, diligent, kind and submissive. Yes, that’s right–submissive. Even unmarried women are told to be submissive to their parents, authority figures, male leaders in the church, and to Christ. So don’t think you’re getting out of that one (good try, though).
You can live a lifestyle that honors your future husband and children and that helps you grow in holiness by pursuing the qualities found in these verses. Paul wrote for us a full description of what a godly young woman should desire to be–now all you have to do is pursue it. Train for what is coming so you’ll be prepared.