Women. We’ve been counted out. We’ve been thought of as less than. We’ve been told we are not smart enough, good enough, funny enough. But what is enough? The Holy Spirit works in and through all of us, men and women, making us better and more like Christ. So, if God is in us, we are enough.
When we talk about the roles of women in Christianity, we usually talk about women in marriage. Being a submissive wife is great, but I do not believe it means an end to our roles as leaders in society. Just look at Mrs. Proverbs 31. Boss lady! Let’s hop on over to Ephesians 5 for a bit. The way it talks about how a man should love his wife is powerful. If a man loves his wife that way, and she is submitted to that man, she should be setup to let every gift in her flourish. Of course, submission isn’t based on a man showing love first. Truthfully, I can’t really speak much about women in marriage because I’m not married.
What I think we should talk more about in the church are the roles of women in the workforce, ministry and other areas outside of marriage. With women being half the population, I think it is important that we talk about our roles as leaders in society.
There are great gifts in all of us that God wants to see used for the glorification of his name. One of my favorite women in the bible, is Prophetess Deborah (Judges 4). Boss lady! She was a leader over Israel at the time (called a Judge), and the people of the nation looked to her for advice to settle arguments. One day, Deborah sent a message to a man called Barak and told him to gather soldiers to go and fight. He said that he did not want to go to if she wouldn’t go with him. So, Deborah went with him and based on her instructions from God, Barak was successful in battle. And yes, Deborah was married, and probably a submissive wife!
As women, it is important that we cultivate the leadership skills in us and in the generations after us. God did not create half the population to not be utilized! It’s important that we are intentional about the life we live and mindful of how we’re influencing those around us. We are all leaders in one way or another. Whether we admit it or not, someone is always influenced by what we are doing. Whether it is as a business owner, sibling, student, coworker, boss, and/or mother, we are all in a position where someone is being influenced by what we do. No matter how big or small we think our positions are, we need to rise up and lead to the best of our ability. We need to make sure that everything in us is poured out before we leave the earth. And if we let God lead us, whew! We’ll be unstoppable. There’s nothing like being a leader (male or female) and letting God lead us.
Now let’s talk about those corporate leadership roles that men have historically occupied. Society has often made us feel like we’re not capable of being in such roles, but we are. There’s a gift and a purpose in all of us. If we want to be leaders in a business, an organization, politics or ministry then we should be. Of course it takes hard work and dedication and a continual desire to keep learning and growing, but it’s no different for men. Not every woman desires to be a leader in business, politics or ministry, but for those who do, they shouldn’t feel like they can’t.
Regardless of what our roles are, we’re all leaders in one way or another. We should let our relationship with God equip us to be the best leaders we can be instead of hindering our abilities. Let’s make sure that when we leave this earth, we leave it having poured out everything in us!