Who Am I? My Position. My Role.

There is a point in each of our lives when we begin to seek to discover ourselves.  What I long for, what my deepest desire is when that time comes, we turn to God.  For only in God can we find the truth about who we are, and it is only by growing in him are we able to see with discernment the way he sees.  

The rest of your life will be marked by competition for your identity.  This world is saturated with voices telling you how to live. It would like nothing more than to completely overwhelm you with inadequacy and misinformation toward every aspect of who you are.  Make no mistake.  You are in a fight!  The very core of who you are is under attack.  

Let’s win.

You cannot turn on any type of media without seeing, hearing or reading someone sharing an opinion on the topic of the position and roles of women in biblical and secular settings.

I for one am so thankful we are discussing this because God does have a word for us! He is for males. He is for females. He is for all of humanity because after all, we are all created in his image! (excerpt from the Who Am I? companion workbook)

There is no possible way we can cover this teaching in one quick blog (or even several) and I promise I will never claim to be an expert in this area. The positions of women and men within the body of believers has been a source of contention within the church from the very beginning of her existence. Because of that, I need to ask you to do something for me. Just for this time we are together, throw-out any presuppositions and talk straight scripture with me. I know many of you, myself included, have been wounded by someone wielding an opinion wrapped around a verse. So, for this moment, let’s give our vulnerabilities over to the one who will never harm us and examine a few things that we can trust because of the source – the word of God.

God is a God of order, not chaos, and I love that about him! In his wisdom, he has placed all of humanity under a system of authority.

What we must understand is that this system is meant for the protection of the body as well as the advancement of the Gospel.

There are two simple truths that when rightly applied within the body of believers will result in an amazing outcome. Let’s look at the truths first –

  • There is a God established system of authority.

Romans 13:1-2

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

You can also check out 1 Peter 2:13-17, the rest of Romans 13, Hebrews 13:17 and Titus 3:1-2 if you need a little extra, but this set of verses is very clear. God has established a system of authority and when we rebel against that system, we are in truth, rebelling against God.