I AM PROUD TO BE, NOT JUST A WOMAN, BUT A CHRISTIAN WOMAN

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully mand: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalms 139:14).

 

When I consider the creation of the woman: her place in the ladder of creation, the purpose of her creation, the unique role given to her and what is expected of her by her Creator, I cannot but raise my hands in praise to God for being a woman. The woman is indeed a unique being. The creation of the female human is a revelation of the deep love and thought of God, His concern and programme for mankind (Genesis 1:26; 2:11; Jeremiah 29:11). In it, we see the mind of God: peace, satisfaction and rest revealed (Genesis 2:22-23; 1:20-21; 2:1-3). It may not be out of place then to say that the coming in of the girl child into any family and the woman into the life of a man in marriage should bring peace, satisfaction and rest into those families and marriages. So, the woman God created is a bundle of and a channel of peace, satisfaction and rest. This great privilege is actually made real when she possesses the Spirit of God who works in her both to will and do this good pleasure of the Most High (Philipians. 2:13). Her encounter with Jesus at salvation point through repentance from sin and dead works transforms her into the image God had in mind at creation, having His Spirit deposited in her and leading her into His will and perfect plan (Ephesians 1:3-14; 2Corinthians 5:5). Becoming a Christian woman through this experience gives her opportunity to pride herself on the various qualities and potentials bestowed upon her by God (some are readily visible and some others are hidden deep within her but like the Lord Jesus’ parable of the hidden treasure, it will take some effort and sacrifice to bring up) (consider. 2Corinthians 4:7; Matthew 13:44). This is my joy and pride as a Christian woman and should be yours also. I believe you will agree with me as we reason together on a few of these qualities bestowed on the Christian woman and the many others you will discover in your daily and intimate walk with the Lord.

The adolescent girl has her father (parents/ guardian), as a Christian, she has God, her pastors and teaching priests, and as a wife she has her husband and Lord to lead her through the different stages and various circumstances of life. They are there for counsel, security, exaltation and glorious eternity (Ephesians 6:1-3; Genesis 3:16). Even when she is into any leadership role, God makes provision for guidance and safety (Proverbs 3:5, 6). He has so arranged it that at the different stages of the Christian woman’s life, someone is responsible and accountable for her thereby removing the troubles of being the master while riding on their wings onto higher level in ministry, in the home-front and her pursuit and ambition. The Christian woman’s only prerogative is a reverential fear for the Lord, submission and sincere respect for her husband (or father as the case may be) and obedience to authority and leadership (pastors) to take her to the heights and have them give account of her with joy (Hebrews 13:7, 17). Women who have come to this privileged position and understanding have no issues with gender equality and the crave for single parenting. The woman is God’s special medium for the final execution of the Creator’s continuity programme. He has so fashioned her and given her a womb where His power, love, authority and expertise are demonstrated (Genesis 1:26, 28; Ecclesiastes 11:5). Little wonder then that whatever the troubles experienced during the three trimesters of pregnancy period more often than not desipates on delivering and hearing the cry of her baby. The Christian woman also has the promise of God upon her during this period for the continuity of His creation plan (1Timothy 2:15). This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvellous in our eyes therefore no woman created by God should be fruitless or barren especially the Christian woman (Exodus 23:26; Deuteronomy 7:14; Ecclesiastes 4:2). This is wisdom for women yet waiting to be mothers. This should attract serious pity towards lesbians and transgenders, who do not realize their importance as women.

Before concluding, we need to see one more thing that portrays the woman, especially the Christian woman as a special breed (permit me to use that word). The ability to multitask so effectively, a function of the marvellous grace of God and the nature of Christ imputed into her life makes her role at the home front, church front, career field and various areas look convenient, normal and easy though quite strenuous and stressful (cons. Matthew 11:28, 29; Proverbs 31:10-31; 2Peter 1:2-4). She refuses “to rob Peter to pay Paul” and so on daily basis leans upon the Spirit of God to help her in the household administration (whether as a young adult or full grown-adult), ministry/minister’s wife, work or business (consider Acts 6:1-8; 8:26-31, 35). She allows no threat to her relationship and walk with the Lord. She is a balanced Christian woman and all that associate with her shall praise her.

So beloved sisters, let’s proudly occupy the privileged position that the Lord has divinely prepared for us. It is joy forever more. Be proud to be a woman and much more a Christian woman. Remain blessed.

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