Let Me Be a Woman
The title of this post is not an original; it’s from one of my favourite books penned by the oh-so-wise and godly Elisabeth Elliot. (In case you don’t know, Elliot was a missionary, author, and speaker. But more than that, she had a heart sold out for the Lord and did so much kingdom work while she was alive).
In the book, Elliot says, “The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.”
Think about that for a moment. Jesus makes us a different kind of woman. Not the kind that molds to the culture or is consumed with worldly desires and material things. Instead, this is the kind of woman that uses her gifts for His glory and her good. Her identity and worth are wrapped up in who she was made to be in Christ.
In our ever-shifting culture of feminism and “girl boss”, we can quickly lose sight of God’s beautiful design of who we were made to be.
No, I’m not implying we are inferior to men. Nor am I saying that women can’t be successful, entrepreneurial or knee deep in what some classify as a “man’s job”.
What I am saying is that in whatever God has called us to- singlehood, marriage, motherhood, successful careers, etc., He has called us all to serve and love like Jesus to whoever we spend our days with.
Because the truth is, He HAS called us. If we claim to be a Christ-follower, then it is our delight to bring Him glory with the lives He has created for us.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel like I should downplay our biblical role of a woman for the sake of an unpopular opinion. But this is not opinion for those of us who are His daughters. It’s truth and perfect design!
I pray today you are reminded that you are beautifully designed with purpose and calling. Be the woman God has called you to. Don’t confuse it with the woman the world describes. Instead, plunge yourself deep into Scripture and read for yourself the beauty of our design. (i.e. Psalm 139, Proverbs 31, 1 Timothy just for starters!).
You are loved. You are His!