We thank God for all His goodness, since the beginning of the year. In this second half of the year, I see God covering you with His glory in Jesus’ name. This great month, I will be teaching on The Woman of Substance.
It is important for you to know that life is a privilege and it is nothing other than being an influence on your environment. You live life only once. While you are here, every opportunity to add something positive to everyone must never be allowed to slip by because you are the light of the World. The Word of God says: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14).
One of the major assignments of light is to influence its environment. See each day as another opportunity to add something extra to your world. Your life must always be a plus to your world. Leave a legacy behind. Endeavour to leave footprints on the sands of time. That is why this week, I will be sharing with you, The Woman as a Plus and Not a Minus.
God alone tells us how it all began in the brief account of Genesis 1-2. As the crown and culmination of His creative work, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).
In the creation account, God repeatedly recognizes that His creation was good (Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). The only thing that God acknowledges to be “not good” is the incomplete creation of man as a single being: Then God said: ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him (Genesis 2:20).
At this point, creation was still incomplete. With man alone, there could be no procreation, and no possibility for him to experience the kind of intimate relationship existing within the Godhead. To be human means more than to be male or female. It means to be able to enjoy an intimate, rational and spiritual fellowship. To rectify the “not good” situation, God declared: I will make him a helper fit for him (Genesis 2:18).
God designed woman to be man’s suitable helper, or literally, “a helper agreeing to him.” Eve was created to be Adam’s other half, approximating him in every point and making the marriage union a complete whole. She was not created to be man’s slave, but rather his helper. The word “helper” is used in the Bible also for God as the helper of the needy (Psalm 33:20; 146:5), thus it does not imply that woman is an inferior being. She is equal in nature and worth, reflecting the same divine image (Genesis 1:27). Yet she is different in function, serving as a supportive helper.
The woman was created to be man’s counterpart, agreeing with him mentally, physically and spiritually, making him a larger person than he would have been alone, bringing into his life a new feminine perspective he would not have known otherwise. The same holds true for man. He brings to his wife a masculine perspective that enlarges her life, making her a more complete person than she could be without him. Thus, a marriage union not only fills the need for companionship, but it enables a man and a woman to become fuller, more complete persons.
The significance of the manner of Eve’s creation, though not explicitly expressed, can hardly be missed. Eve was not made out of Adam’s head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be his equal, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved.
As Adam beheld with sleepy eyes the most beautiful creature of God’s creation, he declared with ecstatic excitement: This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man (Genesis 2:23). Adam’s rejoicing was motivated by the discovery of the person who completed his incompleteness. His hunger for wholeness stemmed from the fact that God made him a male with the need for a female companion. God made Adam incomplete without Eve from the beginning.
The manner in which God created Adam and Eve reveals God’s design that there should be male and female. Each of them needs the other for self-fulfillment. Each of them should accept his or her sexual and functional roles as given by God. This means that efforts to promote sexual or functional role interchangeability between men and women represent a violation of the role distinctions established by God at creation. True completeness and self-realization can be found not by transcending our sexual or functional roles, but rather by fulfilling our different and yet complementary roles.
To be a plus to your world, you need God by your side. This comes by surrendering your life to Christ. You surrender your life to Christ by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you are set for this experience, please say this prayer and be born again: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).