Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wise Words for Women: Chosen to Nurture

Last night I was re-reading a couple of chapters from Nancy Leigh DeMoss' book "Biblical Womanhood in the Home." I was contemplating her chapters: A Portrait of a Woman Used by God and Portrait of a Foolish Woman. What a wealth of wise words to write about! However, I want to share something that particularly struck me, something foundational and applicable for all women who want to be used by God. Nancy writes:
God has chosen all of us...to bring forth spiritual life. 'You did not choose me,' Jesus told his disciples, 'but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last' (John 15:16). I believe there is a special sense in which God created us as women to be bearers and nurturers of life. Whether or not He grants us physical children, He wants to use us to carry the life and light of Jesus into the world - to be spiritual reproducers, bringing forth His life in the lives of others.

We may look at certain prominent or unusually gifted people and think they have been uniquely chosen by God. The fact is, if you are a child of God, you have been chosen by God for a task of supreme significance - to be a bearer and nurturer of spiritual life by carrying the life of the Lord Jesus to others.

Once you look at your life that way, you'll never again have a "self image" problem. Many women today carry scars of rejection from parents, mates, or friends who have spurned them. What a joy to discover that though we deserve to be rejected by God, we have been chosen to belong to Him and to be part of His redemptive plan in the universe.
As women chosen by God, designed to be spiritual reproducers and nurturers of life, let's think about our immediate sphere of influence and how we might bring forth and nurture the life of Christ around us. 'The wise woman builds her house, but with her hands the foolish one tears hers down' (Proverbs 14:1). Whether your "house" is your family, church, workplace, friends or community, by God's grace and at his appointing, let us be wise women who become actively involved in building our "houses" daily.

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