Friday, November 17, 2006
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If you look at society today, it is very difficult to determine what the role of a woman is. Is she the breadwinner? Is she a superhero? Is she the mom and dad? Is she equal with the corporate male? What exactly is our role?
In teaching our women's ministry at church, I have had to take a very close look at this very important role according to Biblical standards so that I teach sound doctrine and in accordance with God's design for women. The more I read the more I see that the woman in todays society falls short of God's design for her. The woman I see in Scripture is what I hope to emulate throughout my life as a wife, mother, homemaker and servant.
God did not miss one detail of how we should look and behave! I love that! There is nothing missing! She is meek yet strong. Submissive to God and husband in the proper way. Able to manage her home efficiently. Teach and train her children. Minister to those in need. Feed and clothe her family. Keep herself physically in good shape so that she can keep up with all her responsibilities. Knows her proper role in the home and church. She is one who others look up to, confide in, learn from. Her husband praises her. She hungers and thirsts for righteousness. Most important, her ultimate desire and goal is to please and be obedient to her Creator.
When all these things are in their rightful place, the responsibilities of her life are not a burden but rather a joy because she is adorning the Gospel by following God's design for her. She doesn't look at the faults of her husband and children but is concerned with how she appears before Christ. She understands that she must be teach by example to her children. She serves her husband with joy, honors and respects him. Her gentle and quiet spirit is her adornment to her husband and children. She allows her husband to be in his rightful role as head of the home. Though she is submissive to his leadership, he recognizes her as an equal heir of grace.
She knows that her home is her mission field as well as her neighborhood.
She is a graceful hostess looking for opportunities to minister in her home so she can share the Gospel to those without Christ. People are watching her and they see the living Christ in her and in her home. She doesn't view her life as a homemaker, mother and wife or single woman as mundane because she is serving the Most High God who created her for just this task. It is her joy to serve Him in every area.
Sound like a big job? Not when you have the Holy Spirit as your comforter, guide, helper and enabler! All these things are possible when you are a woman completely surrendered to His work in your life. He makes all these things possible in and through you. I can't think of a better Person to work for than the Lord Jesus Christ! He ultimately is who I answer to for what I do with my "job description". Do I look outside His Word for fulfillment and acceptance? Do I accept my God given role with joy and gladness? His Word is clear, nothing more, nothing less.
My fulfillment is no other place than my home, serving my husband and children so that I may adorn the Gospel of Christ! I am thankful God has called me first to be His then to be able to share the Good News of the Gospel through my home!
If you are struggling with your role as a woman, please take a moment to read the following Scripture passages and find joy and contentment in God's design for you!
1 Peter 3:1-7
"In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external-braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the ehart, with the imperishable quality of a gentl and quet spiri, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, beig submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear."
Proverbs 31: 10-31
An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
"Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all."
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
Titus 2:1, 3-5 at the bottom of this page, our theme verse.
Comments welcome and encouraged! What are your struggles? Any advice?
God bless you in your endeavor to be all God has called you to be in this wonderful role as WOMAN!