Every year in October, the women of All Nations Baptist Church come together to celebrate femininity in the Holy Spirit and ruminate on their purpose as daughters of God. As women, we must uphold the blood stained banner of Christ, despite the many trifling distractions that seek to disrupt our relationship with God. How can a Christian woman maintain an intimate relationship with God in this modern world?
Christian women should seek to build a committed relationship with God through prayer each and every day. Commitment is characterized by dependability, consistency, and accountability. But, commitments can be hard to honor when juggling work, children, partners, and faith.
Know that your faith should never come last on your list of priorities. In Colossians 3:23-24, Paul writes to the members of the church of Colosse, who fell prey to false teachings, stating ” Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men, since you know that you can receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” All things are possible through God and all things should be done to honor His glory. No one on this earth can love you better than the Lord. God sent His Son to die for you. He loves you. He wants to save and strengthen you. How are you repaying His unconditional love? Is your commitment as enduring as His mercy?
Pray, sisters. Seek God first. Before you turn on the coffee pot or lay out your outfit for the day, ask the Lord to enter your home, your vessel, your spirit; so that you may be not only more like him, but one with him.
Perfect submission is perfect delight. Sacrificial love for God guarantees that you will receive His blessings. Joyfully surrender yourself, your lifestyle and your purpose to God’s divine will. Build His kingdom. Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Be a living sacrifice and choose to serve him. Choose life over death. Choose growth over destruction.
In Acts 13-16, Paul writes “On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer of Purple cloth…who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home.”
Lydia was a merchant, a woman of means and upward mobility. She and her family were in a position to buy everything they needed and more. But, “what does it profit a man [or woman] to gain the world and lose his soul? ” (Mark 8:36). Lydia was convicted and she committed to God, not only for herself but for her family as well. Lydia made the righteous decision to build her house, not by adding a new wing or renovating the kitchen but by allowing God to dwell within and occupy her heart, mind and spirit.
Find solace in God’s grace and mercy. Find joy in trusting him.”There remains, then a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enter’s God’s rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, then, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:8). Give him all your hopes, dreams, fears, and cares. Satan is a liar. Your renewal is real; and therefore, so is God. Show Him everlasting love–pure in spirit and truth, committed and sacrificial–and be assured that His wonder working power will bless you with providential rewards forever and ever.
Be a blessing in all that you do.
Start today. Kneel down and pray.
Your sisters and keepers,
All Nations Women’s Day Ministry