Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man, well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.
1 Timothy 5:9-10
My dear fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress,
Do you know what is God’s definition of beauty for women?
Do you know that it has nothing to do with your physical appearance, your clothes, or even the amount of make-up you put on your face?
No, your true value in God’s sight has nothing to do with your physical appearance, though he is pleased with His creatures looking good.
Actually, physical appearance is more favored by human beings. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your physical appearance!
However, your true beauty is revealed through the good works you carry out as a Christian woman.
The Scripture derived from the Book of 1 Timothy lists the good works every Christian woman should do in her daily life.
Though the Apostle Paul talked about widows, I believe that this list of good works is a good indicator of the proper behavior that Christian women must have, especially in these times where we are reaching the end of everything.
Also, remember that the devil is a roaring lion who attacks everything that is godly, including the godly definition of beauty, to make women focus solely on their physical appearance.
Here are the list of good works a godly beautiful woman should focus on:
- rearing children
- foot washing of the saints
- charitable works
- lifelong devotion to good works
- bringing the Good News of Salvation to others (bonus)
Nos let’s examine each good work together.
Good work #1: Rearing children
When you’re a mother, your task is to raise children who honor and serve the Lord.
This task is not easy at all. It’s a source of joy, but it can also be a source of difficulties, trials, and full of menial tasks – ask that to any mother of a newborn child or teenagers.
Nothing is glamorous in changing diapers, healing a wound, or even wiping noses.
But the truth is that when your children grow up and succeed, they’ll be living testimonies of your good care, of the values you taught them, and of God’s good grace in their lives.
And if I can also add something in this department, the children who often succeed the most in this life have praying mothers. So don’t stop praying the Lord for your children.
Bless them everyday with your words, your thoughts, and your deeds.
And what if you don’t have children? Don’t worry about that! There are other ways to be a mother.
You can be a mother to the children of your family and/or your church. You can sponsor poor children’s education. You can take care of orphans. It’s up to you to choose how you will exercise your motherly instinct.
Case study: Jochebed
You might not know her, but Jochebed is the mother of three powerful people in the Bible: Myriam, Aaron, and Moses. She instructed them in the Lord and was a faithful woman.
What was the result? One of her son was High Priest, the other one became the legislator of the Jews, and her daughter was one of the greatest prophetesses that ever lived on this earth.
Jochebed is a good example that shows us how a mother can have influence on the destiny of her children. You can read her full story here.
Good work #2: Hospitality
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
We practice hospitality when you receive people into your home and give them a refuge, food and refreshments.
Hospitality also manifests when you bring food or other gifts (e.g. flowers…) to other people’s place.
And the good news with hospitality is that you don’t even have to be rich. All you have to do is sharing what you have with others to show the love, favor and grace that our Savior showed you.
Case study: Sarah
Actually, the Scripture from Hebrews is about Abraham and Sarah who were hospitable towards strangers who happened to be angels (or God Himself, depending on which interpretation you are more inclined to believe).
When Sarah showed hospitality to these strangers, they rewarded her by announcing her that she would bear a son, whereas she was barren and quite old to bear a child (90!).
You can learn more about Sarah’s story here.
Good work #3: Foot washing of the saints
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded
What a wonderful example given by our Lord and Savior! Foot washing is actually linked to hospitality as well.
During Jesus’s times, people mainly traveled by foot on dusty and muddy roads and wore mere leather sandals. When they arrived at someone’s place, one of the first task was to wash their feet to refresh them.
The thing is foot washing was a menial task because it was usually performed by servants. The fact that a beautiful woman washed the feet of the saints was a sign of virtue, because she was willing to humble herself to take care of others.
And she follows the example that Jesus left us during the Last Supper as well!
Case study: The sinful woman
Jesus was in the house of a man named Simon when a woman known for her sinful way of living entered. She kissed Jesus’s feet, wept and wiped His feet with her hair. Finally, she poured an expensive perfume on His feet.
While people who attended this scene were surprised or even disgusted, Jesus reminded Simon that she performed all the hospitable duties (foot washing, kissing, anointing) that Simon didn’t do to him.
And he even added that all her sins were forgiven. Can you imagine that your sins will be forgiven if you are hospitable? Just think about it from now on.
Good work #4: Charitable works
She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy
Charitable works should be understood in a broad sense. You show God’s beauty when you care about people who are less fortunate than you.
And you don’t have to give money only. You can support people who are afflicted mentally, spiritually or physically with you advice, your time, or your skills.
Case study: The Widow of Zarephath
When the widow of Zarephath was entrusted with taking care of Elijah, she only had a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug.
Days were extremely hard because there was a famine in this area. But her generosity was rewarded. The Lord allowed her and her household to eat during many days and she lacked nothing during this period.
Good work #5: Lifelong devotion to good works
A Christian woman must profess a life dedicated to good works. She must deliberately choose to perform good deeds everyday.
Not that she will be saved by her good works, because we are only saved by God’s grace and by the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ.
However, our good works reflects our love for God and that our character and our mind were transformed in Christ.
Case study: the Proverbs 31 woman
The Proverbs 31 woman’s life reflects her lifelong dedication to wisdom and good works in all areas of her life: in her marriage, in her household, in the way she raised our children,in her business ventures.
And that’s why everybody praised her. And there is a call to give her a proper reward for her good works.
Good work #6: Bringing the Good News of Salvation
This good work is not listed in 1 Timothy 5, but it is commanded to all Christians by our Lord Himself:
Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Okay, you won’t go to the extremities of the world to preach the Gospel like the Apostles. But you can use your talents and your gifts to bring the Good News to people.
You can pray for people who are in need.
You can give money to ministries who are dedicated to share the Gospel.
You can open a platform to talk about the Good news of Salavtion.
You can comfort people who are sad or depressed.
You can prophesy and alert people of the times that are coming.
You can testify of the Lord’s grace and generosity to you.
See what you can do to share the good news? And you don’t even have to leave your house!
Good works are always rewarded by the Lord
Our Lord always rewards good works. Now, don’t do them because you expect anything.
But do good works because you love the Lord and because you want to keep His commandments.
If you love me, keep my commandments.
In a few words, good works reflects our godly beauty and our Christlike character. They include rearing children, hospitality, foot washing of the saints, charitable works, lifelong devotion to good works, and bringing the good news of the Gospel.
Well, that’s all for today! What do you think of this list of good works?
Do you have other good works you think about that I didn’t address in this post? Please share in the comments below!
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