Read 1 Timothy 2:8-15
- No running.
- No gum chewing.
- Raise your hand and be recognized before you speak.
Those might represent just a few of the rules of conduct you might expect for a school setting. Meanwhile, remember, Paul is writing this letter to Timothy as God’s representative to the church in Ephesus in order that people would know how to conduct themselves in church (3:14-16). This “conduct” is not focused on things to do or not to do while in a building. Instead, it has more to do with how people relate to one another, what roles they play, and on what they should focus their attention and energy.
We saw in chapter 1 how critical the teaching of the church is! Already in chapter 2, we were reminded of the priority of prayer and of the fact that men should be especially diligent in it.
Now, what about women? Certainly, women are to be prayer warriors as well. But the noteworthy characteristics of a godly woman extend beyond that. In fact, they run contrary to societal norms.
Rather than catching attention with flashy and perhaps revealing clothing, women are to be modest. They don’t, through their appearance, attempt to be the standout that causes all eyes to turn. That isn’t to say they should wear drab burlap sacks and no makeup. But, ultimately, attention is to be drawn to the Lord, not to them.
Rather than being primarily known for external beauty, women are to be known for their godliness as depicted in good works. Their righteous behavior, genuine concern, and selfless service for others are the very things that draw attention to them . . . and ultimately to the Lord. Remember the Sermon on the Mount? Jesus said our good works cause others to glorify God!
Rather than being known for loud, outspoken leadership, women are to be characterized by quiet submission. Certainly, this runs contrary to societal norms, and yet it is another facet of the godly woman that makes her beautiful in God’s eyes and appropriate as she relates to those in the body of Christ.
Modest dress, good works, and quiet submission are the types of things that characterize godly women in Christ’s church.