I’ve always thought me to be a girl..when I was born, the docs confirmed me as an absolutely truly XX chromosome member of the species.
Nonetheless, and here’s the tough part, it’s so departed from the socially accepted definition of a woman, the picture of poised perfection, the sari-clad superwoman, meek and mighty, who stands on the pinnacle of a mound of achievements at the end of the day, behind the man whose surname she’s got.
However, welcome to my world, my head. I love math! My artwork looks like the diagram of the digestive system. I manage to scramble egg for breakfast, change the conked light bulb, and fix the dripping water tap at home. I dislike doing laundry, and I’ve pricked myself enough number of times trying to sew buttons onto shirts that I have sworn to only wear T-shirts. But I’m a woman!
So then..what is the definition of a woman? Is it what I have to do, how I have to feel or have to behave? Because if yes, then who gets to decide what is the “correct way” for a woman to be?
There’s a whole debate that has been ravaging the Believer’s world. It’s the debate that’s gone on for centuries. It’s the debate that always brings something new or something we may have accepted and believed in, but may not always be true.
More close to the heart of the debate, can a woman be a pastor? Can she be a leader? Can she be a head? THE head? Can she BE ALLOWED to do something that she CAN do, is capable of doing, is equipped to do?
Before we talk about women in ministry, let’s talk about the Creator of women in ministry, that is God.
The Bible talks about God in some descriptive ways
Isaiah 66:13 ESV
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
Isaiah 49:14-15 ESV
But Zion said, “… Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
Psalm 131:2 ESV
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Hosea 13:8 ESV
I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs;
Isaiah 42:14 NLT
..But now, like a woman in labor, I will cry and groan and pant.
John 11:35 ESV
That’s the God of the Bible, in a picture that’s so departed from the socially accepted definition of a masculine God, the scene of muscle wielding, sceptre thumping, lightning throwing terror on the throne.
Hmmm…so seriously thinking, this side of God is so strongly feminine it just cannot be ignored, because as much as we are used to the idea of a ‘He’ God, our spirit God is a genderless being. The attributes He possesses cannot be tied down to any sort, because the personality and the characteristics of God, who He is, and what He carries, are beyond what a gender can define or confine it to be.
He just IS these inherent qualities, of power and love, of severity and tenderness, of law and grace, of discipline and comfort, of the head and the heart working in tandem, and so much more, that look like contrasts to our finite human mind, but are actually complements, missing jigsaw puzzles that fit so perfectly when seen in the light of the big picture.
And this purple coloured God, when He made humans in His own image, he just took some of the blue out of the purple that He was and made a man, and took the pink out of the purple and made a woman.
Ps. Rashmi Varghese from Bangalore Revival Center is our Guest Author for this week, God has been using her powerfully to impact lives in Bangalore and across various other cities!