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The Role of a Christian Woman

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the role of a Christian man according to the scriptures. This week, let us explore the significance of a Christian woman. In order for us to understand the role of a Christian woman, we must know her origin.

“…but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” [Genesis 2:20-24 KJV]

Eve was the first woman mentioned in the bible. She was the first woman God created to live on this earth. Her responsibility was to care for her family,  nurture her children, and maintain the household.

Many of us are familiar with Proverbs 31 which describes a virtuous woman [Proverbs 31: 10-31 KJV]. A woman is wise, strong, trustworthy, loving, a hard-worker,  beautiful, kind, and supports her husband in his endeavors. The list of qualities goes on and on, but sadly most women in today’s society do not exhibit half of these characteristics.

Most women have lost their self-respect. They do not know their self-worth, looking for validation everywhere but up above. As God’s children, we are invaluable. In John 3:16, God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son…to die for us. What a way to express one’s love for another!

There are many Christians who have misinterpreted Ephesians 5:22-33, which asks wives to submit themselves unto their husbands. Many of us read the first line and forget about the rest of the text which mirrors our earthly marital relationship to Christ’s relationship with the Church. In verses 23-25, it says “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”  Submission is not a sign of weakness but respect and love for one another. Woman came from man so man was charged with the responsibility to lead as Christ did. Remember Christ never made His children feel worthless. He did not flaunt His authority and only sought only good for us. In a relationship, both parties  must be willing to set aside their needs for the overall benefit of their partner and relationship. Love is selfless not selfish.

Throughout the bible, we are given examples of women–strong yet humble. Ruth, Esther, and Jesus’ mother Mary who stood out from the rest and willingly submitted to God.  These women cared for themselves, their family, their nation, but mostly importantly their God. They were called to fulfill a greater purpose. Their lives are lessons for our own lives.

Today, women are portrayed as weak or inferior–the damsel in distress. They are not considered equals to their male counterparts, especially in the workforce. Women have had to fight for equality and respect, from their right to vote to their right to equal pay. Nowadays, most women have deemed themselves independent for a variety of reasons. They have alienated themselves from men altogether. This act was never in God’s plan for our lives. He established a family unit involving one man and one women, then children. He never intended for single-parent households. He never intended for any of His children to be mistreated, violated, disrespected, or worse.

To my fellow sisters, I hope that you will closely study the lives of the women who have lived before us. I challenge you to be a role model. Premarital sex and unplanned pregnancies continue to be  rampant issues faced within our churches. These young ladies are in need of someone to encourage and uplift them. We cannot forget the men as well. It is so easy for us to judge others when we’re not in their situation. What if were you who came to church one day, pregnant and unmarried, how would you want to be treated?

I pray that you will be like the virtuous woman described in the book of Proverbs. Let us be obedient to God and submit ourselves to His will, wherever it may lead. You never know what blessings He has in store for you.

Author:  Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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Age is just a number!

“None are so sinful that they cannot find strength, purity, and righteousness in Jesus, who died for them.” Steps to Christ, p. 35

Age is just a number. When the time comes for God to call His children, He calls for young and old! God does not discriminate. We all were made differently so of course God knows when His calling is appropriate in His children’s lives. David being the youngest of eight, was chosen to leave his flesh and to walk with the Spirit of the Lord after being anointed with oil (1 Samuel 16:13). God also called King Josiah at the young age of 8! Such irony! King Josiah followed the voice of God to rule the land of Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 34). God had chosen these two young hearts, but God too did call Nicodemus, the young in heart, to be reborn and to walk in His Spirit. If we were to compare the ages of Nicodemus and David, the difference would be pretty large, nés pa? God knows exactly when to “hire labourers into his vineyard” (Matthew 20:1) because He knows when you are capable and ready.  Noah was past two hundred years old when constructing the Ark like God called Him to.  Noah and Nicodemus were rich in age, scientifically meaning today that their bone marrows were subjected to weaken. But who cares about what the bodies says! When God calls, it is best that we respond! Not respond, because you have made a deal with the Father, but respond because you have a true relationship with the Father where you are able to submit me, myself and I to Him.

We tend to complain about what God wants us to do, but do you know how grateful we should be to even hear the Holy Ghost speak to us? It was said that each time Ellen G. White felt the Holy Spirit speak or working through her, automatically she gave praise unto Him! It’s only fair to give thanks to the Holy Spirit for dwelling in worthless sinners like us. I urge you to not sleep on the work of the Lord; for He can even dwell and work in a toddler, if He wanted to! My friend, do not miss out on your calling to leave behind the lusting flesh to be filled with the fruitful Spirit! If 8-year-old Josiah can do it, and if Jesus did it, so can you.

~Let’s get personal~
This week reflect on if you have answered your call. If not, what is it that’s hindering you? A worldly possession? What is it that keeps you away from constant prayer? In order to be safe in the arms of the Savior eternally we must flee from evil and seek the love of God. Then and there, we know we are secured from all evil.

If you have answered your call, I pray that the Lord is blessing you through out the long journey and that you stay firm and never give up on Him.

Don’t delay. What you think we have, is almost finished and that is time. God bless.

Read John 3: 1-7; Gen 7:1-6

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you. Be blessed!

Author: Rachel Isnady

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