Women in church
And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. 1 Timothy 2:9 & 10
Sometimes it is hard to be a woman. There seems to be a separate set of rules that only apply to us, some even seem controlling and condescending. It is true that a woman is to submit to her own husband, and that is not a bad thing. It is actually a position of protection for her. However, that doesn’t mean that we are inferior to all men. Women were created to be a special gift for their husband and when a marriage is lined up with the creator, it is a beautiful thing!
Today’s passage talks about appropriate behavior for women in the church. It says that women shouldn’t be trying to draw attention to themselves by their appearance, but to be modest. Paul goes on to say that what should be noted about a woman is the good things she does, not how beautiful she is on the outside. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being beautiful, but Paul is speaking to Pastor Timothy and telling him that women should not be a distraction to the man in the congregation. Paul doesn’t have anything against women, he merely wants them to be noticed for doing God’s work, not for how good they look or how much they are talking.
This passage often gets overlooked or even misinterpreted to give a women very little place in the church, but that is not the heart of God. God has a place for each one of us in the work of ministry and it is in doing good work for the kingdom of heaven.
Today I want to encourage you if you are a woman in ministry to first of all, be secure in who you are in Christ Jesus. Your wholeness is in Him, not in the attention that comes from being in the spotlight. Maybe your ministry is behind the scenes, but there can still be the temptation to call attention to yourself. Let your delight be in the glory that you are giving God by fulfilling your purpose and be confident in His love for you as you do it. Here’s the thing: God loves women too and He didn’t make us so that we would be put in our place. He put us in our place and gave us a good work to do there!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 2:8-15