21 February 2012

A challenge to women

 John Piper writes "A Challenge to Women" that is deeply inspiring, encouraging and absolutely challenging. Reading it today helped me to find peace with some of the thoughts that have been tumbling through my mind, as well as some direction.
I need to be refreshed and reminded continually.
I could probably talk a long time about each point but i don't want you to miss reading the article itself. Here are some that were especially meaningful to me today:

-That all of your life—in whatever calling—be devoted to the glory of God.

-That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing.

 -That you be women who have a deep grasp of the sovereign grace of God undergirding all these spiritual processes, that you be deep thinkers about the doctrines of grace, and even deeper lovers and believers of these things.

 -That, if you are single, you exploit your singleness to the full in devotion to Christ and not be paralyzed by the desire to be married.

-That, if you are married, you creatively and intelligently and sincerely support the leadership of your husband as deeply as obedience to Christ will allow; that you encourage him in his God-appointed role as head; that you influence him spiritually primarily through your fearless tranquility and holiness and prayer.

-That you not assume that secular employment is a greater challenge or a better use of your life than the countless opportunities of service and witness in the home the neighborhood, the community, the church, and the world. That you not only pose the question: Career vs. full time mom? But that you ask as seriously: Full time career vs. freedom for ministry? That you ask: Which would be greater for the Kingdom— to be in the employ of someone telling you what to do to make his business prosper, or to be God's free agent dreaming your own dream about how your time and your home and your creativity could make God's business prosper? And that in all this you make your choices not on the basis of secular trends or yuppie lifestyle expectations, but on the basis of what will strengthen the family and advance the cause of Christ.

-That you develop a wartime mentality and lifestyle; that you never forget that life is short, that billions of people hang in the balance of heaven and hell every day, that the love of money is spiritual suicide, that the goals of upward mobility (nicer clothes, cars, houses, vacations, food, hobbies) are a poor and dangerous substitute for the goals of living for Christ with all your might, and maximizing your joy in ministry to people's needs.

Read the full article here

2 comments:

  1. A POWERFUL challenge indeed. Just to think we are created to glorify God in all we do and say is so sobering. Thanks for the challenge. I needed this today.

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    1. Quite exciting and humbling to recognize we are created with such purpose!

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