Greetings everyone, we have finally reached the end of this 6 week series on Biblical Womanhood, my prayer is that you have learnt a thing or two and that you have been encouraged to follow God’s way! Guest writing today is a dear friend and sister of mine, by the name of Yapikachi Msiska. Yapi is a daughter, sister, disciple of Christ and a friend to many, she also blogs at journeyonthenarrowpath.tumblr.com. It is an honor to have her contribute and end the series, hope you enjoy the post!
“The fact that I’m a woman doesn’t make me a different Christian, but the fact that I’m a Christian makes me a different woman.” – Elisabeth Elliot
If you’re like me, the term Biblical Womanhood may fairly new to you. I didn’t exactly grow up being taught about it and when I first introduced to the term, I thought this was something for wives and mothers. I remember thinking; how does biblical womanhood relate to me? Do I have what it takes? Am I cut out for it? Do I even really have to do this? As a young believer, pursuing Biblical Womanhood was not something that cautiously popped up on to-do-list mainly because I did not understand what it truly was.
After this series, I’m sure we all have a pretty good understanding of what Biblical womanhood entails. I’m sure most of us are familiar with the phrase “you can take a horse to the well, but you can’t force it to drink”. We’ve looked at the origins or womanhood, relations, the role we play the church, But How often is it that we find ourselves in a position where even though we know what is right, we just seem not to be moved or want to pursue that path.
I later realized that pursuing biblical womanhood really is an issue of the Heart. It doesn’t “just happen” once I become a wife or mother, nor is it a checklist of how “womanly” you’ve been that year. At whatever season we are in our lives, biblical womanhood is something we ought to strive after. Simply put, biblical womanhood is about following God’s principles on how we ought to live as women.
As women, there are so many conflicting voices telling us who we are and where to find and place our identity and value in. These voices may come from our parents, significant others, friends, social media, television, music, etc. The voice(s) we chose to listen to, whether we know it or not fill our hearts and affect the way we view ourselves, and ultimately God. At the core of biblical is an out pour of a heart centred on Christ. Ultimately, this is for women who are in communion with Christ. Scott Brown cites one of the pillars of biblical woman as being a disciple of Jesus Christ. When you confess your sins, repent and believe in Jesus Christ, you will be saved and you will hunger for true food which is rooted in Him. Biblical womanhood, amongst other things, stems from:
A Heart Devoted to God
In Luke 10, Jesus stops over for some quiet fellowship at Martha’s house. While Martha is busy playing house and serving, Mary is at the feet of Jesus listing to his teaching. Martha at this point is not amused as she has been left her to do all the work. Jesus responds, ”Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”(Luke 10:41-42). Martha had totally missed the point. Though serving is not wrong, she was worried and overly occupied with secondary things and majoring on the minors. Jesus requires our devotion to HIM! That’s something Mary grasped as she sat at His feet. In a world with many distractions, Jesus calls us to be devoted to Him above everything else. A hunger for Christ will draw us to His feet to learn from Him.
A heart abiding in God’s Word
Jeremiah 17:8 states that “For [you] shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river.” If God is going to be first in our hearts and the “Ultimate Priority” of our lives, we must develop a root system anchored deep in Him. Just like a plant with its roots hidden underground, you and I—out of public view and alone with God—are to draw from Him all that we need to live the abundant life He has promised His children (John 10:10). We must seek to live our lives near to God— indeed, hidden in Him (Elizabeth George, 2004). It’s not simply enough to quote scripture here and there. Abiding in God’s Word takes daily discipline and that is what He requires from us (Joshua 1:8).
A Heart That Obeys
As a woman after God’s heart, your desire should be to obey God and His commandments. Not because of an obligation to a “Do’s and don’ts” list, but because you love and you are loved by Him. The heart God delights in is compliant, cooperative, and responsive to Him and His commands. We see this with David whom God personally calls a man after His own heart, a man who will do His will (Acts 13:22) Obedience is a foundational stepping-stone on the path of God’s will. A heart that is inclined to obeying the Lord is what makes us different kind of woman who is the light of the world and cannot be hidden (Matthew5:14).
Like the psalmist, let us ask the Lord to examine us, to test our minds and hearts (Psalm 26:2). Let us take a moment to consider whether our hearts our totally in God’s hands. When God looks into your heart, does He easily see your willingness to obey Him? And if not, can we pinpoint any behavior in our life that calls for a heart response of confession and a change of location onto the path of obedience?
Brown, Scott (2012). Feminine by Design: The Twelve Pillars of Biblical Womanhood
George, Elizabeth (2004). A Woman After God’s Own Heart