On March 8th the whole world champions women, and at ActiveChristianity we’re right on board.
Women in Christ
We have all known women who are examples of what we are able to accomplish when we give our lives into God’s keeping. Women who show that a life lived according to the word of God is a life that leads to true happiness, joy, peace, and rest. Lives that are rich and interesting. Lives that have overcome adversity, pushed boundaries, set standards, dealt with pain and hardships, and always come out triumphant in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14) These are women in the Bible, spiritual leaders, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, friends, etc.
We are part of a community that encourages and strengthens each other, in the middle of the lives we are living, whatever our circumstances may be, to be this kind of woman. By the grace of God over our lives, this is something we can all do.
It doesn’t matter what the situation is, whether you are in the public eye, in the workplace, in your social circle, or in your family sphere, as a Christian woman, your opportunities are limitless within God’s will for you. The main thing is not that we push our own ideas forward about what we want to accomplish. It is that we find what God’s will is, and that we spend all of our energy and time fighting that His will is done on earth as it is in heaven, through our lives. (Matthew 6:10)
Seek the wisdom that comes from above
There are many causes to fight for, many things that we can become involved in, and many times when unrighteousness should be conquered, whether in our personal lives, or on a larger scale. To do so in the right way we need wisdom. If we just strike out, confident in our own sense of what is right and what should be done, we will not accomplish righteousness. (James 1:19-20) If we want to accomplish something, we need to seek the wisdom that comes from above.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17.
Every woman’s task from God is different. We may be championing equality, respect and justice, standing up against discrimination in the workplace, pursuing being the best mother we can be, or just working on walking our own path for our life. Whatever it is, we have to examine ourselves and make sure that what we are doing is done in the humility of wisdom. Not to exalt ourselves, but because we believe that these are the actions that God is requiring of us.
Wisdom is to “find your life and lose it.” (Matthew 10:39) In other words, to find our human reactions and impulses to a situation, which are bound to sin in the flesh, and then to lose them in order to accomplish God’s will instead. Then we can start to see situations as God does, not through our human understanding. We find the wisdom we need by seeking God, rather than seeking our own.
“Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.” Ecclesiastes 9:18.
“Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of the Lord is His treasure.” Isaiah 33:6.
Christianity based on the Word of God
Christianity that is based on the Word of God, and not on man-made ideas and ideologies, is the leader in true equality and being indiscriminate. Christianity is characterized by the attributes of Christ; the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) It does not matter who you are; if you are pursuing a life in which you make those attributes your own, then your life will be an example of righteousness. There is no discrimination about who can attain to this for their own life. And if a Christian has these as the standard for their life, then they will neither be discriminatory, hateful, abusive, proud, nor any other thing that oppresses any human being, including ourselves. Christianity gives us self-confidence (I can do all things through Christ!), it empowers us, and helps us not let ourselves be oppressed.
No one has been perfected in these virtues, but we should be able to say together with Paul: “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Philippians 3:12. That is the goal of a disciple of Christ.
If the whole world were to give themselves over to this true Christianity, then all of the problems of the world regarding inequality, abuse, discrimination, hatred, etc. would be solved.
So here is the challenge for each of us! Stand up for everything the kingdom of heaven represents: righteousness, love, respect, peace, joy, etc. Be a light in a dark world and show what the power of God can do through people who do His will.