In a few short hours I’ll have the joy of giving a talk on womanhood at the ERLC Leadership Summit. It’s a topic that I have spoken on several times over the past few years but each time I study it I learn something new. Today’s breakout session is called “June Cleaver, Clair Huxtable, or the Proverbs 31 Woman”.
So often we get our cues for what it means to be a woman based on culture. This isn’t new to us, even Peter urged the Christian women of his day not to allow the culture to influence and shape their view of womanhood (1Pet. 3: 1-6). Our culture may say that to be a woman we must do it all, have it all, and pursue it all with a smile. Our culture may say that to be a woman we must stay-at-home, cook a meal each night, be silent, and do it all with a smile. But the Bible paints a different and much more freeing picture.
To be a woman is first to be made in the image of God. To be a Christian woman means that we are His—made to bring Him glory in all we do. Womanhood isn’t about a list of tasks. We are fearfully and wonderfully made equally and different from the man. The Proverbs 31 woman gives us a picture of an excellent wife, but all her tasks culminated in one thing—she was a woman who adored and feared the Lord.
This glosses over much of what I will share but what I pray that the women will hear today is that God isn’t after our tasks, He wants our hearts. And I pray that they’ll know that because of Jesus there is freedom to run this race differently. The Lord supplies the grace to be what He calls us to be. We don’t have to muster up strength in and of ourselves to be God-fearing women. Salvation begins with the Lord and he doesn’t then leave us to our own. He finishes the good work He began in us (Phil. 1:6).
You can watch all of the main sessions via this LIVE stream including a talk I will be giving Wednesday morning on women and sexuality.