Voices: The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood

Voices of the True Woman Movement
Today is the first post in a series that I will be writing about Voices of the True Woman Movement: A Call to the Counter-Revolution.

What would you say is your highest calling? Throughout the years I have had many goals and dreams; my early ones never involved God. Even after I became a Christian and my focus turned from myself to God, my desire to follow my calling was still often more about me and what God had for me than what I was called to be for Him.

As John Piper teaches in the first chapter of Voices, our highest calling is wrapped up in the very nature of who God created us to be: male and female. Piper writes:

Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking God created us this way, and then later when Christ came to do His saving work, God looked around and said, “Well, that’s a good analogy, man and woman. I’ll describe My Son’s salvation with that. I’ll say it’s like a husband dying to save his bride.”

It didn’t happen like that. God did not look around to find manhood and womanhood to be a helpful comparison to His Son’s relation to the church. He created us as male and female precisely so that we could display the glory of His Son. Our sexuality is designed for the glory of the Son of God – especially the glory of His dying to have His admiring bride. {emphasis mine}

He continues:

When God described the glorious work of His Son as the sacrifice of a husband for His bride, He was telling us why He made us male and female. He made us this way so that our maleness and femaleness would display more fully the glory of His Son in relation to His blood-bought bride.

God made me a woman. Like all of His creation, I was no accident; and my womanhood was part of His intentional design. As a married woman, I am called to submit to my husband (Ephesians 5:22-24).When my husband fulfills his calling as the head of our home, he is reflecting the headship of Christ over the church. By honoring and affirming my husband’s leadership, I am reflecting the beauty of the church submitting to Christ. As Piper writes:

[Headship and submission] correspond to true manhood and true womanhood, which are different. And these differences are absolutely essential by God’s design, so that marriage will display, as in a mirror dimly, something of the glory of the sacrificial love of Christ for His bride and the lavish reverence and admiration of the bride for her husband.

The beauty of it takes my breath away.

Yet this beautiful portrait can easily be marred. When I refuse to submit to my husband’s leadership, I not only cast aside my highest calling, I also steal from my husband the privilege of loving and leading like Christ, which is his highest calling. In doing so, I become a reflection of the church trying to usurp the authority of Christ, her groom and King.

Have you embraced your highest calling of biblical womanhood? As a married woman are you reflecting or marring the image of Christ and His bride?

In hope,

While I have focused on God’s design for married women in particular, He has no less purpose for single women. For a single woman’s perspective on Voices, please visit True Woman.

The post is linked to Walk With Him Wednesdays at Holy Experience.

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.