Good Morning Friends,
I hope you are all having a lovely week!
Before I jump into today’s post, let me warn you that what I have to share is going to be very counter-cultural. What I have to say today isn’t what the world wants to hear, and it’s certainly not my idea either…. but it IS God’s idea. It is His original plan. Since the beginning of time, it has been challenged and twisted. It has caused some to become bitter and angry. Some feel that this plan puts women in bondage. Others think you are a fool to believe (much less live out) this plan. But for the women who choose to embrace this plan, there is freedom, joy, and untold blessings in store.
Male or female, God has a wonderful plan and purpose for both. But today, I want to focus on God’s plan for women. Following are the reasons He created us (women) from the very beginning, and it is the same plan and purpose He has for us now – even in the 21st century.
God’s Purpose for You (as a Woman)
You Were Created for God’s Glory & Pleasure
“Even everyone that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:7
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11
This first truth applies to both men and women: we were created to bring God glory and pleasure. God is the Creator of all things, and everything He made, was made for the sole purpose of bringing Him glory and pleasure. Let that sink in for a moment. God created YOU to bring Him glory and pleasure. What an honor, what a privilege! If only you and I could fully grasp and understand the honor it is to bring Him glory and pleasure.
How can you and I bring glory and pleasure to God?
- Delight in Him – make Him the center and “all” of your life.
- Walk with Him – through prayer and reading His Word you can learn to know God and walk with Him.
- Praise Him – Praise Him for Who He is, and What He has done for you.
- Credit Him – whatever you accomplish in life, give credit where credit is due. He is the One that enable us.
- Thank Him – for the blessings and even the trials He brings your way.
- Share Him – there are others who need to hear of God’s love and salvation. He is pleased when we tell others about Him.
- Serve Him – With your time, your life, your self.
We bring Him glory and pleasure when we do all those things (and more).
You Were Created Differently From Men
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27
“And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and 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: and she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 1:21-22
Here’s a controversial thought- God created two genders and whatever you were when you were born is what you are. If you were born a woman, then you are a woman. If you were born a male, then you are a male. There is no if, and, or buts when it comes to gender.
God created just two genders. In God’s eyes both genders are equal but he created them differently and He created them for different reasons.
You Were Created to Be a Help Meet
“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18
According to this verse, we (women) are God’s gift to men (wink 😉 ). We were created to be a help meet. Strong’s Concordance defines the word “help” as “aid“. (No, not maid!)
How do we help men? If you are married, your primary responsibility is to help your husband. You can help your husband by…
- Following, supporting, and submitting to his leadership (Genesis 3:16 and Ephesians 5:22)
- Respecting Him (Ephesians 5:33)
- Loving him (Titus 2:4)
- Keeping the home (Titus 2:5)
However, God’s plan for women to be a helper doesn’t just apply to married women. I believe this can still apply to those of us who are unmarried. Of course we cannot help all men the way a wife has the responsibility to help her husband but we can still be a helper regardless.
If you are a single woman you can still live out God’s plan by encouraging, supporting, and practically helping the men in your life (whether it’s your father, brothers, etc.)
Have you been embracing this purpose behind your creation? Are you seeking to help the man in your life (or your father or brothers)?
You Were Created to “Mother” Children
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply…” Genesis 1:28
“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.” Psalm 113:9
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…” 1 Timothy 3:14
“That they [older women] may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children…” Titus 2:4
There are so many verses in Scripture that show us that children are a blessing from the Lord. They are precious gifts from God. What a privilege women have to bear children and love and care for them. You were created for this – God has given every woman the natural gift of “mothering”. Don’t smother it – embrace it and use it.
If you are like me and don’t have any children of your own (I realize many of my readers are unmarried and/or don’t have children!) you can still live out this purpose. Most of us have some little ones in our life whether it’s sibling, nieces, nephews, cousins, children from church, neighbors, or children we babysit. Learn to love those little ones. Help care for them and love on them – nurture the mothering instinct God has given you – it’s there somewhere, trust me.
If God blesses you with children someday, or you already have children of your own… then love them, care for them, train them, and choose to be a joyful mother of children!
(This past Sunday I was sharing with the girls in my class that many women today look at children as an inconvenience and a hindrance. Having taken care of little ones on a regular basis since I was 13, I can see why women sometimes come to this conclusion 🙂 . However, God does not give children to inconvenience the parents. He gives them as a blessing. See Psalm 127:3-5).
You Were Created to Be a Keeper of the Home
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…” 1 Timothy 4:14
“That they [the older women] may teach the younger women to be… keepers at home…” Titus 2:4-5
Whether or not you choose to work outside the home (now or someday), please know this: if you have a home and family, they need to come first! I am not saying you cannot or should not work outside the home, just that every woman’s priority should be family and home before work.
For you gals like me (unmarried without a husband and home): be planning and thinking ahead. Will you work outside the home (this will also depend on your future husband’s wishes!)? Could you work from home in the future? If you choose to work outside the home someday, how will you balance home and family and keep them first?
God made us women to be the keepers of our homes (or someday homes). A family and a home is not supposed to tie us down. This is God’s plan. For those that embrace God’s plan and choose to be joyful in it -there WILL be a sense of freedom and certain blessings ahead.
What Will You Choose?
Depending on your knowledge of the Bible, how you were raised, what you’ve been taught in school/college, and what you have chosen to believe, these ideas may be familiar or foreign, appealing or disagreeable. However, God’s plans and ideas are always best. Sometimes it takes a LOT of faith on our part but following HIS plan will always bring us joy, fulfillment, and blessings in the long run.
The world, modern-day feminism, and even many Christians, are choosing to reject God’s original plan. Rejecting God’s plan will always bring consequences. We can see those consequences in the untold numbers of failed marriages, gender confusion and the push for homosexuality, day care centers full of children who’s mothers are too busy working, and neglected husbands, homes, and families. Rejecting God’s plan has created quite a mess.
Why not choose to embrace HIS plan instead? Will you take joy in: bringing God glory, being distinctly feminine, being a help meet, mothering children (others or your own), and being keeper of a home?
Once again, there is fulfillment, true joy, and blessing in store for the woman who chooses to live out and embrace God’s purpose.
For Further Reading
Here are some of my favorite books on femininity and God’s plan for women 🙂 (These are affiliate links)
Be What You Are by Nathan McConnell
The 21 Tenets of Biblical Femininity by Jerry and Sheryl Ross
The Role of a Lifetime: The Script God Wrote for Women by Claudia Barba
A Woman’s High Calling: Ten Ways to Live Out God’s Plan for Your Life by Elizabeth George
Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
Becoming God’s True Woman by Nancy Demoss Wulgemuth and Susan Hunt
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