Women in Ministry: Journey to Purpose

Purpose is one of the most difficult non-tangibles to grasp, especially if you are a woman. And for women in ministry, the journey to accepting it, acknowledging it and stepping into it can be difficult.

Some ladies are uncomfortable with the fact that Eve’s purpose was to be a helper to Adam. But Eve was not uncomfortable with her purpose—the Bible never says Eve didn’t enjoy or didn’t like her role as Adam’s helper. God put a purpose in her and she lived it. He wove that purpose into the fabric of her being when He created her. Her purpose was as fixed as her height or eye color. She wasn’t resentful of it or afraid of it. She lived it because that is what God created her to be and do.

In many ways, Eve’s life doesn’t look like it should be the first example of a life of purpose lived out. Her mistake is widely known throughout the world. Her sin has literally gone viral for thousands of years. But her sin did not define her in God’s mind. He forgave her, and she continued to live out her purpose.

God created us with a purpose, just like He made Eve with a purpose. He didn’t just mix us up and throw us out there and say: “Well, let’s see what this one does. Whatever she figures out she’s good at, that will be her purpose.” He thought about you, planned you and knit you together in your mother’s womb. You were fearfully and wonderfully made to change the world around you with the purpose He put inside of you.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life” (Ephesians 2:10 BSB).

Has your sin defined you in your mind? Eve sinned and continued living. She lived with the consequences of her sin all while living out her purpose. If you think your sin cancels out your purpose, all you have to do is read the Bible to find out that it does not! The Bible is full of people who sinned and still lived out the purpose God put inside of them. The key was repentance.

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Purpose is not given or taken away because of our sin. Like salvation and forgiveness, purpose is a free gift to all who will receive it and embrace it.

God is not required to reveal His plan to you. Your faith only requires you to believe that He has a plan and purpose for you even if you can’t see it.

There is a lady in the Bible named Sarah. She received a promise directly from God himself that she would give birth to a son, and that son would be the beginning of a lineage that makes the pedigree of the English monarchy laughable. She would give birth not just to a son, but also to a nation.

Sarah laughed, smirked and doubted when God told her His purpose for her.

She laughed because she couldn’t see how God could possibly make good on His promise. She had lived a whole life waiting, making mistake after mistake, trying to make it happen. She tried her own way. She tried forcing a solution. She tried giving up. She made a mess of things, but that didn’t change God’s mind about His plan and her purpose.

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