“LADIES: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT YOU?”
CWBC – 5/20/18
INTRO – Good morning! I’m so glad we are together today to worship the Lord Jesus!
Read a story of a little girl who came home & told her mother what she had learned at Sunday School concerning the creation of Adam and Eve: “The teacher told us how God made the first man & the first woman. He made the man first. But the man was very lonely with nobody to talk to him. So God put the man to sleep. And while the man was asleep, God took out his brains, & made a woman of them.”
That’s not quite right, but we are going to think about what the Bible says about women.
Women have always been greatly used by the Lord in His work. Let me briefly tell you about 3 of them:
Lottie Moon – Born Charlotte Digges Moon, December 12, 1840, in Albemarle County, Virginia. Lottie rebelled against Christianity until she was in college. In December 1858, she dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized at First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia. She then spent 40 years sharing the Gospel in China. Died at the age of 72 from illnesses due to the demands of her missionary work.
Bertha Smith – A little less than 5 years after Lottie Moon died in 1912, Bertha Smith – or “Miss Bertha” – was appointed to serve as a missionary in China. She spent 42 years serving in China & Taiwan as missionary. Known as the “Woman of Revival,” she was right in the middle of a great revival that broke out among the people there as she fervently sought the Lord. She was a called a “soul-winning machine!”
Elisabeth Elliot – Born in Belgium to missionary parents. Moved to US where she went to Wheaton College. While there, Elliot met her future first husband, Jim Elliot. After graduation, and for five years before their engagement, Jim and Elisabeth served in different parts of Ecuador.
In 1953, Jim and Elisabeth married in Quito, Ecuador and continued their work in that nation. Jim had wanted to enter the territory of an unreached tribe and so chose the Aucas, a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed. After discovering the location of the tribe, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death.
After the death of her husband, and now alone with her 10-month-old daughter, Elisabeth continued to live among and minister to the Quichua tribe. During that time she met two Auca women who lived with her and taught her the tribe’s language. She then went as a missionary to serve the tribe that killed her husband.
Open your Bible or your Bible app to Proverbs 31:29-31.
29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”
How does the world view women? How does the Bible view women?
The first thing we must do as we look at this issue is to establish our standard for our beliefs. What is going to be your standard? The world’s ever-changing, ever-evolving philosophy? Or the never-changing, eternal, perfect Word of God? Are we going to believe what the world says about women, or are we going to believe what God says about women? You’ve got to decide for yourself who you are going to believe, where you are going to get your beliefs, & how you’re going to live your life based on those beliefs.
Everywhere we look in our world, we see how women are used & abused in more ways now than at any time in history. We also see how many women are choosing to listen to the voices of the world & are ruining their lives, destroying the lives of their families, & unraveling the moral fiber of our society.
- The porn industry has victimized women & turned them into nothing more than objects to be leered over by perverse, lustful eyes.
- Sex trafficking is a huge problem in our nation & in the world w/ women being bought & traded as slaves.
- The abortion industry, which touts itself as being a champion of women’s rights, has “freed” women to murder their unborn children at a horrifying rate of 3,000 per day in the USA.
- Spousal abuse & domestic violence is a huge crime problem in our nation w/ 1 out of every 4 women experiencing domestic violence at some point in her life. A woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds in our nation.
In contrast to these sickening things that women experience in our society, we find the shining truth of God’s Word breaking through. Biblical womanhood is a powerful, truth-filled, grace-filled concept that each of you ladies needs to grab onto. Drop your anchor deep into what the Word of God says about you. As Christine Caine said at a Women of Faith Conference, “You’re still here. You’re still alive. You’re still fighting. There’s still hope. There’s still a destiny. There’s still a future. Do. Not. Give. Up!” – which leads to our application point for this message:
God wants you to KNOW the truth of who you are, & LIVE the truth of who you are.
Ladies, there are many wonderful truths that the Word of God says about you. Today, I want to focus on 4 of them:
You are BEAUTIFUL in the eyes of God! – So many people, both women & men, are caught up in their physical appearance. Their whole lives are dominated by their looks, their bodies, their outward appearance to others.
- In 2004, Dove commissioned a study that interviewed women around the globe asking them what they thought about beauty. Only 2% of the women described themselves as beautiful.
- TV commercials & infomercials that tout diet plans, meals plans, fitness equipment, & skincare products dominate advertising.
- Fitness centers are everywhere providing you w/ any kind of exercise you want to do.
- Children & teenagers – & even some adults – are bullied & ridiculed b/c of physical appearance issues.
There’s certainly nothing wrong w/ trying to take care of yourself physically. In fact, it’s something that we ought to do as children of God. 1 Cor. 6:19-20 – “19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
But, TRUE beauty is not external beauty, but the inward work of God within you. Prov. 31:30 in NLT says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”
1 Peter 3:3-4 – “3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
Are you spending so much time, money, & energy on the external things that you are neglecting the internal things that are truly precious & beautiful to God?
You are COMPASSIONATE w/ the love of God! – Speaking of external things, women usually like clothes. Like to shop for clothes. Outlet malls are considered heaven on earth for many women, & hell on earth for many men!
Again, there’s nothing inherently wrong w/ wearing nice clothes as long as you are living within your means, able to tithe & give to your church, & your clothes are modest & honoring to God. Please try not to be a stumbling block to your Christian brothers!
But, there are some other clothes that you need to be wearing – the garments of grace that are found in Colossians 3:12-14 – “12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion…” As a chosen woman of God, who is holy [set apart by God to live a life of purity & be used by God] & dearly loved [loved by God w/ His unconditional agape’ love], you are called & commanded to clothe & cover yourself w/ the compassion of the Lord Jesus. This blouse of compassion that you’re wearing is more precious & worth more than anything that Gucci or Kate Spade will ever sell.
So what is this compassion that you possess & are to wear? The biblical word for “compassion” means “to have mercy, to feel sympathy & have pity.” Our church would be so much less caring & compassionate if it weren’t for the Godly women in this body of believers who live out the compassionate heart of God all the time.
You are BOLD in the things of God! – While it’s true that sometimes, women are needed to express the softer side of Christianity within the church, that’s not to say that women are not to be bold in the things of God. When we look at some of the women in the Bible, we see a strong, fierce boldness that comes from a deep faith in the Lord.
- In the OT:
- The bravery of Esther as she rescued her people from being destroyed
- The faithfulness & hard work of Ruth
- The leadership of Deborah, Israel’s only female judge
- In the NT:
- The righteousness of Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother)
- The encouragement, hospitality, & disciple-making of Priscilla, & the obedience & salvation of Lydia in the early Church
- The commitment of Mary, the mother of Jesus – “May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38).
All of these women, each at different places & points in biblical history lived a bold life of faith in God.
I’m astounded at the boldness that I see in many Godly women in our church & in the Body of Christ around the world. Here’s one right here – Tillie Burgin – Exec. Dir. of Mission Arlington for past 32 years.
You are CREATED to do the work of God! – From the very beginning of time, God has made it clear that women are equal to men in every way. While there are clear Biblical distinctions when it comes to the places of service & leadership for men & women in the home & in the church, women are created to do the work of God just as men are. Listen! The Great Commission is not just for men! The Commandment is not just for men! Acts 1:8 is not just for men!
- Women are called & commanded to share the Gospel!
- Women are called & commanded to make disciples!
- Women are called & commanded to love God & love others!
- Women are called & commanded to be on mission for the Lord in our world!
CONCLUSION – Let me remind you again of our application point for today:
God wants you to KNOW the truth of who you are, & LIVE the truth of who you are.