In a world where what’s right is wrong and what’s wrong is right, confusing messages are simply everywhere. Little boys are growing up in a culture that not only embraces femininity among men but encourages it. Young maidens are being taught that it’s good to reject the ladylike ways their mothers and grandmothers have taught them, and step into the men’s world of work. Children are taught that men and women can do the same exact things… no matter what it is. Girls are instructed to take control of every situation that comes their way, including marriage. Boys are taught to let the girls take control and to submit. Things have truly turned upside down. God’s design has been completely switched.
God makes it very clear what our roles as men and women are. Here are only a few examples:
“Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” (Col. 3:18)
“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.” (1 Peter 3:1-2)
“For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” (Eph. 5:23)
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3)
I especially love that Paul instructs us to “…continue in what you have learned and firmly believed…”. This is so important. It’s so hard sometimes, as Christians, as Paul warned us above, to stand firm in what we know is right. The point of my writing today is to encourage and urge you to once again embrace our God-given roles and practice them. If you already strive to live in such a way, I encourage you to stay strong in the faith and further your knowledge of what God requires of you. This is a series about embracing our God-given roles. More specifically, our God-given femininity. (Sorry to the guys out there! Comment below if you’re interested in a series of embracing God-given roles for men. I may do it anyway- we will have to see. If you are interested pleeeaaase comment below. I won’t know if you don’t tell me!)
This post is an introduction. I hope I explained, even if only very briefly, how important God’s design is and how it is right for Christians to accept and practice God’s commands. Stay around for the next part to this series, “Embracing our God-Given Femininity”.