Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
For we are God’s masterpiece.
Ephesians 2:10a (NLT)
Who are we?
Last week we talked about how we are not doormats. This week I would like to look at the other side of the coin. I hear reports of women doing terrible, vulgar things these days in the name of feminism and women’s empowerment. This grieves my heart deeply, because these things actually cause us to go backwards and not forward. It actually feels to me like people have lost their minds!
Women, where is your respect? Where is your heart for others? Why do you buy into the lies of this world that your worth is found in flaunting your physical body, cheapening your worth, and putting yourself in place of God?
I will repeat what I said last week: Women are not created to rule the home, but to build it. We are not called to step on, abuse, or mistreat anyone else. We are not better than men. God created us all equally, with different roles.
Women of God don’t have to flaunt themselves. They have enough self-respect to know how to dress and how to behave, because they know where their true worth is found.
Women of God don’t excuse the murder of innocent children because of convenience to them.
We are God’s masterpieces, there is no question about that. But we are not called to flaunt that or use that for our own gain. We are called to SERVE others in love. We are not goddesses, we are children of the Most High God who have come to Jesus as broken pieces of pottery that He is crafting into something beautiful. We are works in progress, but we trust God with the end result.
It is only in finding who we were created to be in Christ that we will truly be liberated. Being a wife, a mother, a modest dressing woman will not lessen your value; rather, it will display it. (If God had called you to be single, to work in a career, or whatever else, that too will display His glory to the world around you when you do it to honor Him and bless others.)
It is not in exalting ourselves that we will find freedom. It is in humbling ourselves and becoming like Christ.