Hello, everyone! Grace and peace from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I want to begin by thanking Rylie for her love for Christ and her fervent pursuit of Him, also for considering me to write as a guest blogger on her site. May God continue to bless her in all her endeavors as long as they are rooted in a passion for His glory!
Rylie has asked me to write about “What Every Girl Should Know”, at least from a male perspective. Well, males and females are sinful and totally depraved and that often gets in the way of our dealings with the opposite sex. I pray that this post would be rooted in Biblical principles, encourage our young women and glorify Christ.
The topic is very broad, so I have a lot of liberty. Here goes nothing:
1. Every young woman should know Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior
It seems like a “no-brainer” to a Christian blog, but we never graduate from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s do a brief survey of the Gospel. “In the beginning God” (Genesis 1:1); God was the only being in existence. He was in community with Himself as the Trinity (we’ll address this later). By the power of His Word, everything that is, came into being (i.e. the universe, cosmos, or whatever you want to call it, He did it!). But with mankind, there was a personal touch; the Scriptures said He spoke the universe into being, but with man He “formed” (Genesis 2:7) after His own image. The first man rebelled against His creator trying to take His place as God. Because of Adam and his rebellion against the King, all of mankind has been separated. But God Himself was not willing to let creatures made in His image stay in separation from Him. He Himself took the form of man, the man Jesus of Nazareth, and brought us back where we belonged by His perfect life, atoning death and victorious resurrection.
When young women know this, their lives are changed. They know 1) that they are totally depraved sinners that deserve punishment and 2) they are saved by the grace of God from that punishment by Him taking their place on the cross (Ephesians 2:1-10). When young women realize this, they treat people with love and grace because God has treated them with love and grace. They become new creations that seek His glory and in that they find complete joy!
If you are not a Christian and you are reading this, please be reconciled with God for His glory and your utter joy…which is found in Him.
2. Every young woman should know the Scriptures
The Holy Bible is God’s special revelation of Himself to mankind*. If a guy a young woman loved would send a love letter to said women, you know she would read that letter every day to get the full grasp of what he was saying and how much he loved her. Why not Scripture? In it God reveals His plan for redemption and how much He loved us (see Romans 5:8).
I’m not talking about a superficial reading where she pulls abstract “spiritual” ideas from the Scripture. Like the love struck woman constantly searching the love letter for the deepest, truest meaning, so should she be with the Scriptures**.
Scripture memorization and meditation is imperative for a young woman to know and love the God who has done so much for her through Jesus Christ.
I understand not every young woman is going to be able to quote Romans from memory (I can’t). But she will strive for understanding of God’s word and will make it an effort to hide His truths in her heart (Psalm 119:11).
3. Every young woman should know her spiritual gift and implement it in the local church
God has given the world His church to be a light and He has given each one of His children spiritual gifts in order to 1) serve the church body (1 Peter 4:10) and 2) to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12). Young women need to first identify their spiritual gift. The categories of gifts in scripture are various; the best grouping I have heard comes in the form of Prophet, Priest and King. Prophets are called to proclaim God’s word (e.g. teaching), priests are care takers (more so one-on-one, small group situations) and kings are administrative. Young women should be asking themselves, “What gift has God gifted me with?” Once they identify, they need to implement. For example, I have been gifted to teach. I have implemented my spiritual gifts in teaching Sunday School for the little ones at my church and also preparing Sunday School lessons. Identify your gift, Implement your gift.
Some may not be strong as others, but that’s fine. God isn’t looking for the strongest, He wants us to use the talents we have for His glory and to benefit the church (see Matthew 25:14-30).
4. Every young woman should know they are loved by God and be encouraged
It’s hard for a young woman in this culture. It’s really hard. You are bombarded with images of what a “woman” is supposed to look like and what a “woman” is supposed act like that are utterly contrary to what God has called women to be. Sometimes guys don’t make it any easier. I just want every young woman who is trying to the best of their ability (with the power of the Holy Spirit) to the glory of God…DON’T GIVE UP! God sees you and smiles upon you! Don’t compromise; be the woman God has called you to be! Continue to dress modestly in the midst of a culture whose women dress for attention. Continue to read Song of Solomon and not the horrendous romance novels. Continue to chase after the God who saved you and not after the first guy (or however many guys) flatter you with vain complements that are not rooted in a love for God and a genuine love for you. Remember, God sees you and will reward you…and the men that are chasing after God…we see you too.
Thanks again to Rylie. Hope this helped any young Christian woman who reads this. As a young Christian man, I am greatly encouraged by young women who are sold out for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are unashamed of that fact.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen”
* For great explanations of the revelation of God through Scriptures, read Chapter 2 of Doctrine: What Every Christian Should Believe by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears
** Study Bibles are great tools for all Christians to have in their study (duh) of God’s Word