The Value of a Woman used by God
In preparing for a speaking engagement at an upcoming conference, I have struggled with the title of my given topic: “The Value of a Woman used by God.” Hmm… If you dissect this title, you could reach two very different conclusions.
1 A woman’s value when she is used by God. OR
2 The Value that results from a Woman who allows herself to be used by God.
You guessed it. I am formulating my lesson around the latter interpetation. Here is what we need to understand as women. Our value in Christ is intrinsic. It is not earned. It is not rewarded on the basis of what I “do.” It is not conditional.
1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he FIRST loved us.” God knew us in the womb. Before we were born, all of our days were ordained by God. He knew us in that secret place. (Psalm 139:13-17) Our value in Christ is not contingent upon how many sins we have committed in our past or in our present. If it were, I would be of no value to God. (Psalm 103:2-12) Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were YET sinners, Christ died for us.”
For those of us who have children, do we love our children because of their good looks, their athletic ability, or their artistic skills? Is our love to them doled out conditionally, based on their performance? Do we hold our love back until they meet our needs or until their efforts meet with our approval? As convicting as these questions are for us, our answer must be a resound No! We love our children simply because they are ours. They are a part of us. They belong to us. This doesn’t mean that we don’t discipline them, expect excellence from them, and charge them with responsibility. But rather, it means that no matter what, we love them unconditionally and unselfishly. And so it is for God our father. “We love because He first loved us.” Our value is intrinsic in our “sonship” with the Father. John 1:12-13 says “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
And then, when we realize from whence comes our value in God, when we embrace this truth that we are a daughter of the King, first and foremost because He chose us to be, then just watch the “value” that is yielded when we yield our lives to the One who loves us the most. Marriages will be restored. We will have Godly offspring-not only biological but spiritual offspring; we will be comforted; Forgiveness will be granted and received; the church will grow; individual spiritual growth will abound; Joy will be had by so many. Lives will be transformed beginning with your own. If you are reading this, I don’t care who you are, where you have came from, or what path you are on. You are a child of the King. You are His and He is yours. He is waiting for your response.