Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Woman's Distinctive Mission

In his book Woman Her Mission and Her Life, Adolphe Monod (1802-1856), a Protestant preacher in France, defines the general and distinctive missions of a woman.  The general mission for a woman (as well as a man) is to "glorify God who made us all in his image and who, on seeing that image effaced by sin, has renewed it in his Son"; but the distinctive mission for a woman is found in Genesis 2:18 which says, "And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him."  According to Pastor Monod, "This [verse] applies to every woman, not just to the married woman, for Eve is not only the wife of the first man, she is also the first woman."

Even though this book was written in the 19th century, it is still very applicable today, as seen in Pastor Monod's warning to all women:

"Do not count on the world to clarify this [distinctive] mission for you.  It has never known it and cannot understand it, because it has always reduced the question that concerns you to the petty proportions of its own egotism or your vanity.  It remains for us to rely on God's Word, on that Word which, though fully preoccupied with setting forth "the one thing...necessary" (Luke 10:42), still resolves in passing all of humanity's great questions.  Joining examples with precept, it judges all things rightly because it judges them spiritually."

I found this book to be a very encouraging and comforting reminder of God's role for me as a Christian wife and mom.  The truth of God's sovereignty expressed by Pastor Monod helps me as I live contra mundum (against the world):

"So if you bear the heart of a Christian woman in your marriage today, you can believe yourself to have been just as truly chosen by God for your husband and he for you as Eve was for Adam and Adam for Eve."

"But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder," (Mark 10:6-9).