Have you ever wondered on what it means to be a woman? I certainly have but quickly realised that it would be an unending exercise as there are different schools of thought on what it truly means to be a woman.
So, rather than consider all these theories and opinions and I thought it would be better and more effective to consider what God says about being woman.
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals and overall the creatures that move along the ground.
So, God created mankind in his own image, the image of God he created them; male and female.”
This was God’s beautiful design for us, to have dominion on earth. Genesis 1:28
Here’s another thing, we were intentionally created in God’s image. I used to think women were created as an afterthought, to provide support to Adam. But on further reading, I realized that God intended to create us and he did so in his image (this was the creation of mankind in spirit form).
“God is spirit…”
What took place afterwards was the creation of mankind in the earthly form and in this form, Adam was created first.
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
The Fall and Redemption of the Woman
Things changed following Eve’s temptation and in many ways, this led to women being treated like second class citizens.
But I believe that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, restored our place with God and man through the redemption of our sins and those of our ‘foremother’, Eve.
While Jesus has paid the price, it is sad to note that certain things have not changed.
As a woman who champions women’s causes and also writes for women, I have realised that our biggest struggle, bar none, has been one of identity.
Understanding who we were made to be and walking in that understanding.
Here’s a question for you: Are you confidently walking the path God has for you as his daughter?
If you’re anything like me then you may have had seasons where you lacked this confidence. Seasons were you were unsure of your place.
But here’s the categorical truth; YOU ARE THE DAUGHTER OF THE MOST-HIGH GOD AND YOU MATTER TO HIM.
“In accordance with his will he made us his children by the word of truth, so that we might become the most important of his creatures.”
So, ladies, I hope you never (again) doubt your significance in God’s eyes. You truly matter to him and he had destined that you will “have dominion on earth”
Your life was bought at a price, an everlasting price, and it’s about time you took ownership of your place by your father.
I ask again: what is holding you back from living in God’s fullness?
Some Biblical Truths for Young Christian Women
Here are a few truths we all need to remember as young Christian women:
Treat your body with the respect and honour it deserves.
As women, we sometimes allow people have access to our bodies and hearts in our search for love, connection and belonging.
Here’s the thing, we can’t do that anymore. We can’t give access to people who have no right to our bodies. If you are not married to him please don’t let him in. Create boundaries and pray for strength to stick to them.
Don’t forget that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit and deserves to be honored and cherished.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not you own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Only God can complete and fulfil us
I feel like a clanging cymbal with this one but this is a ‘truth’ I plan to continue shouting through the rooftops(literally).
It is only God that can satisfy the hunger within us and can complete us. Money won’t do it, neither will a man or the seemingly nice things of this world. These are only temporary measures and will not last, no matter how much we wish them to.
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Being fruitful goes beyond having children.
Don’t listen to the devil’s lies about your role as a woman.
God’s mandate to be fruitful was not just about the fruit of the womb but the work of our hands and the words of our lips. These are fruits that we can use to produce for his kingdom. I pray you believe that God can birth great visions, ministry and works through you.
“So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9
Don’t give another person control over your life or remain a victim.
Here’s the sad truth, many women reading this post have been sexual abused and harassed. We have, at one time or the other, been treated unfairly, intimidated, threatened because of our gender and made to feel like less than we are.
But here’s the good news; no matter how bad things may have been in the past, God is able to change our story, if we let him.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“
He is able to use the pain, the suffering, the injustice and discrimination for his glory. I don’t know how but I trust in his word and his plan for everyone of us. I have seen this in my life and I know he is going to do so much more with my story.
I pray that he strengthens you for the work ahead, that you are comforted knowing that he wants the best for you and you are ready to let him lead you. ❤️🙏🏽
“Being confident of this very thing that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Be careful with the sort of friends and company you keep.
This is so important and something I have learned the hard way. It is better to let go than remain in an unfruitful or destructive relationship.
This could be the difference between life and death (literally and figuratively). I know that as humans, one of our strongest desires is to belong, to be able to connect with others and have those that you call your own. But if not checked, this desire may lead us to compromise, to lose our sense of self and more importantly, to forget God and his principles.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful”
“Do not be misled: “bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
God will make a way. Learn to focus on the solution and not the problem.
This may require a mindset shift and an intentional choice to be positive and believe that no matter how bad things are, God will make a way of breakthrough.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
We need to seek to be peacemakers, problem solvers and not complainers or trouble makers.
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
“Do all things without grumbling or complaining, so that you may become blameless and pure…”
I say this because many times, I see posts focusing on Christians having enemies. I’m not ignorant of the fact that we do have enemies and those who wish us ill.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
However, I believe that when we focus on these people as enemies it may make it harder to love them and to be kind, regardless.
We are enjoined to be like Jesus and focus on blessing those who curse us and praying for those who hate us.
We should also not forget that there are times when we are our own enemies, doing the opposite of the very things we should be doing. Shouldn’t we still love ourselves, regardless?
“But I say to you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you.”
There you have it. Some of my thoughts on what is means to be a woman and some biblical truths we should always remember.
There are a few more Biblical truths for us, please share yours.