I tell this story often of our older son, Robert, being in the church nursery at age 3. As one little girl decided to play house and be the mommy, a little boy piped up and said he would be the daddy. Robert was left with a quandary. His response? “Well, I guess I’ll just have to be the Christian.”
Ultimately, Robert knew even then on some small level that his worth in life was based on Who he belonged to and not whether he could play the dad or the baby brother. He just knew the greatest value in that day’s play time would be conveying what it is to be “little Christ,” aka, “Christian”.
That story may sound as though it should have no relevance in the first chapter of my reading of Voice of the True Woman Movement. But, it does.
As Robert so boldly proclaimed his place in the “house” that day, we women, are to not be wimpy in our stands for our Creator nor are we to have beliefs in Him based on wimpy theology that says our God is too small to overcome anything or be unable to be our all.
So many of the voices we have heard and heeded all these years as women have caused us to become wimpy women of faith.
It is time to accept the fact that we have a purpose; the ultimate meaning of true womanhood is to display the glory of Christ in its highest way (His dying to make rebellious us His happy bride forever). John Piper says that. I didn’t make it up. His point is true. True womanhood is a distinct calling whether single or married to display the glory of Jesus in ways that would not be displayed were there no womanhood. That’s a further explanation of Mr. Piper’s.
I think the thing that hits me the greatest about this chapter is that true womanhood is not based on being married or being single. It’s about being a woman who glorifies God wherever God has called her to reside. If married, to show the covenant relationship of Christ and the church by being in covenant with her husband. If single, by showing that the family of God is not about producing offspring through marriage only, but by producing spiritual offspring for all eternity. That’s true of those married as well.
His concluding paragraph in this chapter sums it up well: “So whether you marry or remain single, do not settle for a wimpy theology. It is beneath you. God is too great. Christ is too glorious. True womanhood is too strategic. Don’t wast it. Your womanhood – your true womanhood – was made for the glory of Jesus Christ.”
As women, let us no longer raise up one type of woman as “better” than her sister. Married is not better than single. Single is not better than married. In both, we are to glorify God wherever He has called us and for however long He has planned it to be in each individual’s life.
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