We have looked at five important doctrines that a woman seeking biblical womanhood should stand firm upon in her life. It is because of these doctrines that we affirm a number of beliefs that are central to the Christian faith and those desiring to practice biblical womanhood. For the next several weeks we will examine these beliefs and how they relate to us and the culture in which we live.
Culture has its idea of what womanhood is. The battle of the sexes is in full swing in every aspect of our lives. From commercials to television programs, news discussion formats, or political debates, subtle and not so subtle reminders are ever present reminding us that there are differences in the sexes. Unfortunately, cultural ideals have led to women striving to take on roles they were not divinely intended to. Never before have we seen women grasping for that worldly “perfect woman” ideal.
For those who desire to strive to live a life of biblical womanhood, we cannot allow ourselves to fall into the trap of seeking this goal in our own power.
As redeemed sinners, we cannot live out the beauty of biblical womanhood apart from the sanctifying work of the gospel and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
As believers in Christ, we have a greater power than that of ourselves.
1 Corinthians 15:10, But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
We must remember that God intentionally created us for His glory. As a believer, He has given us grace in which to serve Him. We can rest assured that this grace of God will help us as we seek to glorify Him through biblical womanhood.
Ephesians 2:8-10, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
I am so thankful that salvation is a gift. I did not have to do anything except to accept that gift through faith. Once again we are reminded that we are His workmanship. When you look up the word “workmanship,” we see that it refers to something that is made with skill. But, it also refers to the quality of a skillfully crafted item. What a wonderful thought! The intentional creation of man through the hands of a Master Creator. And we are created for good works. Those good works are tasks, labor, or action. We are made in God’s image with the task of glorifying Him and pointing others to His redemptive plan. Yes, we can do good things such as work in charities, food banks, give to the poor, etc. However, our daily lives – rearing children, responding to our husbands with respect, and the mundane chores of homemaking – suddenly take on new importance when looking at them through the lens of biblical womanhood. Those tasks are equally, if not more, important than all the outside charity work we can think to do.
Philippians 2:12-13, Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Paul reminds the Philippian church to continue (as evidently they were) to obey those things which they have been taught while he was present with them. He goes on to say that it is God that is the One who worketh (accomplishes) in them to both to will (desire) and to do his good pleasure (favor or delight). It is God who gives us not only the ability to accomplish His tasks but also the desire to do so.
John 15:1-5, I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Finally, we see that the only way we can live a life of biblical womanhood is to abide in Christ. The various aspects of the word “abide” are astounding. To stay; to live. To wait. To endure without yielding. To bear patiently. To accept without objection. To remain stable or fixed. To continue in a place. To conform to. To acquiesce. Notice that the abiding is not only us abiding in Christ. Jesus says that He abides in us (verse 5) as well. He will not leave us. As a result, those who abide in Him will bring forth much fruit. Without Christ we can do nothing… including living a life of biblical womanhood.
Living a counter-cultural life of biblical womanhood is not easy. We are surrounded on all sides with opposition. However, we have a Savior, a God, a heavenly Father, who not only has charged us with this task, but provides us the strength and power to do accomplish it.
The framework of this series was taken from the True Woman Manifesto provided through Revive Our Hearts Ministry.