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IDENTITY OF A WOMAN

When God made woman what was He doing? Did He make her to be a social companion for Adam? Did He make her to procreate the earth? Did He make her because Adam needed help stewarding the garden that God had made for him? Yes, yes and yes. The world looks down on all those reasons as if they are demeaning to women now but they are true. All of those are roles that Eve played in her life.


The Bible says in Genesis 2:18-25:

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.


God made Eve because He saw that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone. It’s interesting that God first observed Adam interacting with all the other living creatures to see if something might be a suitable helper for him before He created Eve. I don’t know what that was all about other than to maybe show Adam that Eve was what was best for him. We all know that later on he probably needed that reassurance. I believe that God always had in mind to create Eve. After all, God knows all, He knew way before all the other creatures were named that none of them would be what Adam needed. And it wasn’t just about what Adam needed, it was about what the earth needed. Women were not just formed by God to meet the needs of a man but to meet the needs of mankind. From the very moment that God breathed life into Eve, she wasn’t created to just do a job but to fulfill her purpose on earth. The world needed Eve as much as it did Adam. God loves his daughters just as much as He loves His sons.


Throughout history, women have struggled to find their place and their identity. We have fought hard for things like the right to vote, equal pay, and education. But even today, when it appears that we have more rights, freedom, and equality than ever before women still grapple with this question; who am I? Women have been given the unique ability to wear lots of hats: wife, mother, sister, friend, dishwasher, party planner, nose wiper, career woman, baby rocker, and the list goes on and on. And this is where we get lost girlfriends. For so long we have looked for identity in the roles we play instead of the purpose that we have. I shared a quote last year in our women’s group by Pablo Picasso “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” What we do, our job, and the roles we play, are not what defines us. That is not what gives us our identity. Roles change with seasons in life, we do not have any less significance because we are not a wife or a mom. We are not less significant if we don’t work outside the home and stay home to take care of our families. If Eve’s only purpose on the earth was the role she played in the garden what would that have meant for the rest of us? She played a role in the garden, and then the season changed and she played a different role. We don’t even know the entirety of all that Eve did and who she was. We only get to see a glimpse of her life in the bible. Just like many of us, only about 10% of the people we know, really know who we are. Others see a highlight reel on social media and label us based on the parts we allow them to see. Isn’t that funny? We only saw a glimpse of Eve’s life but so many of us label her as a bad apple. Pun intended…


So who was Eve? Eve was a daughter of God. Crafted by His own two hands just like you and I. She wasn’t just Adam's plaything or his nightly entertainment, she wasn’t the mistake she made in the garden, and she wasn’t the one to blame for the pain we all now have in childbirth, well kind of, but I think God knew that was coming all along. She had gifts and talents that God gave to her to bring glory and honor to His name. That was her identity, daughter of the King. And that’s ours too women of God. If you are wondering, grappling with that big question, who am I? Look no further than your very creator. You may hold a lot of roles in your life but one role that will never change is that you are God’s daughter. I love our verse for 2024 at The Church 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”


That’s who you are. You are chosen, you are royalty, and you are part of a holy nation, God’s special possession. You were made to declare His praises on the earth so that others can hear you and be saved. God has given you, yes you, a specific talent, and a unique gift, to use to bring glory to His name on the earth. So wonder no more, look no further, be who God made you to be, seek Him with all of your heart and He will make the path straight before you.


Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”


Catch the video blog on YouTube where Pastor Brittany shares about her journey with this topic.

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Apr 09

This was so good


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