If there’s one thing women are pretty good at, it’s the ability to multitask and see to many different things. Lots of things. Laundry and food things. Homework and calendar things. Cleaning and organizing things. Health and friendship things. So many things to see to. And spinning all those plates takes time and sweat and skill and planning and ENERGY. So much energy.
In thinking about this, I was curious if the Bible had anything to say about what I should “see to”. Because sometimes in the craziness of plate spinning, it’s possible to forget that there are things that GOD HIMSELF instructs me to see to.
So for fun, I decided to look through the Bible and find the phrase “see to it”. Here’s some of what I found…
See to your salvation
Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God…”
Start with the gospel. Because it matters most. This life is short. We will all face eternity and…eek…we don’t know when. According to the MacArthur Study Bible, “Coming short of the grace of God means to be too late or left out of salvation. To be standing “on the edge of apostasy.” Making sure you really are a child of God is of utmost importance. Don’t be left out! You can know RIGHT NOW if you are truly saved.
Ask yourself these questions:
Do I believe in the Lord Jesus? Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9
Do I love Jesus Christ? John 14:23-24
Do I love others? 1 John 2:10
Does my life bear fruit? John 15:8
See to discernment
Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ”.
Paul tells us that we need to be careful not to be taken “captive” by worldly thinking. Being captured by the world’s philosophies and “traditions of men” after we’ve been given the mind of Christ is self-inflicted bondage. Like voluntarily putting your shackles back on and running back to your prison cell after you’ve been freed. No one to blame but yourself.
Ironically, a lack of discernment seems to be more the “tradition of women” than men:
2 Timothy 3:6 says “For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
And Proverbs 11:22 says women without discernment are “like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.”
Yikes. From Instagram to t-shirts at Target, lies are shoved in our faces everyday, and it can be hard to discern between truth and error when there’s 10,000 “likes” and it looks so shiny and pretty (oink oink).
The great preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”
So how do we know if something is true or false? Right or almost right?
By holding it up to the Word of God.
If it violates the Bible, either directly or in principle, then we need to reject it and when necessary, warn others against it. The world is in the grip of the father of lies, who wants nothing more than to make Christians USELESS by persuading them to think just like the world. No one is immune. So how do we avoid it? We must arm ourselves with right thinking “according to Christ”, not according to the world. We must KNOW the Truth in order to spot the lies.
See to respecting your husband
Ephesians 5:33 “and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”
If you’re a wife, this one’s for you. I think it’s interesting that men are called to “love” their wives, and wives are called to “respect” their husbands (Eph.5:25, 33). Every man wants to be respected; and every woman wants to be loved. That is how God created us.
Notice that it doesn’t say “respect your godly husband or “respect your husband if he is a spiritual leader.” We respect our husbands no matter who they are because we are told to do so. It’s our duty. It’s “working out our salvation” (Phil. 2:12). It’s being obedient. And obedience is the mark of a true believer. (John 14:15)
But what if you DON’T respect your husband? What if he hasn’t earned your respect? What then? Then you must do it for the Lord and then pray that He makes your husband respectable. And He might even use you to do it. (1 Peter 3:1)
As women, we have many details in our lives that we’re responsible to see to. As CHRISTIAN women, we have Christ and His Word and ALL the grace we could ever need to see to those responsibilities with discernment, humble joy and obedience.
And we’ll be blessed if we do.