Where I work, there is one other math teacher. He is a Mr. We have different students. He has half of the grade and I have the other half. But there is one class in which I have a few of his students, too, because they need extra math help. Sometimes, they “accidentally” call me – Mr. Mathews. When “Mr.” slips out of one student’s mouth, all the other students are shocked and wait for my reaction. They are sure I will get upset. But it’s actually really funny when it happens. I don’t get offended at all. Honestly, I don’t mind really, I’m obviously a woman. I am a Miss no matter if a child mistakenly (or purposely, you never know with these kids!) calls me “Mr.”
Being a woman is who God intended and created me to be. Growing up in this world there’s always been a fight between men and women. And most think that men will always win. I say that it’s not a fair fight to begin with, so let’s just not fight. It’s not fair to have a fight of two people who aren’t the same. Women and men – totally different. God intended us to be different in appearance, in our thinking and distinctly different in our roles. He brings us together through Himself alone. All things are because of Him and for His glory. Living in harmony together as different beings is easy when we have a mind centered on Christ.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.The man 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.”
When we take it back to when it all started, the Word of God tells us that God created man first and then woman. Woman was created for man as a helper as we see in the passage above. But before God even created woman, man had the great responsibility of naming each of God’s creations. He was given authority first. Then God made him a helper who was just right for him. But that’s not all, after the woman was created and had a part of Adam as a part of herself, she was brought to Adam and he named her “woman.” We, as women, were created for such a distinct purpose, and men too, were created for something so special. How sweet that our Lord and Savior planned things out in such a great order.
I love men, I respect men and I’m humbled that the Lord has placed men in my life who love Him and have shown that love to me. My oikos (greek for family) is my two older brothers, my mom and my dad. I have three men to look up to. Three men to love. Three men to submit to and three men to encourage to love Christ more and more each day. Do I do a good job of those things? I’m not too sure; I suppose we will have to ask them! And beyond my immediate oikos, I have my church oikos in which there are many men and many growing up to be men who I can also love, respect, and encourage, as my brothers in Christ. It’s up to me to see them as children of God, whom He loves so very much, even as much as He loves me. When you sit and ponder that thought, especially about someone you don’t like to respect, you’ll realize that it is your responsibility to love because that’s what Jesus would do, that’s what Jesus does do. Jesus loves my brother in Christ as much as He loves me. He is working on him as much as He is working on me. There are times I wish there were more godly men, but then reality hits and I realize that instead of me wishing for more godly men, I need to make sure I’m putting my all into becoming a more godly woman and teaching and training younger women to do the same.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
This week’s song has such a beautiful truth.
The same hands that created all of this, they created you and I. What a beautiful God.
When we look around and see all that God has created we are in awe of His power and being. We are in awe that He has chosen us to be His own knowing that He made all things, and made them all so beautifully. Just as we are in awe of what we see outside, we should also, and always, be in awe of what He has created in each of us, as men and women.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them…
Brothers, press on, lead and always put Him first knowing that He is for you. I know you feel there is a large task at hand, but just know, us women of God, we love you and are so thankful for you!
Sisters, know how loved you are and because of that, love others with compassion, pour into younger girls and show them how your Creator has created them for a purpose.
We all have a role here. We all have a specific, different role. It is our responsibility to ask the Lord for grace to fulfill the role we’ve been given! Whatever you are, whatever God has made you to be, whether a man or a woman, make it obvious.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.