There’s a lot of talk about women empowerment these days. One church had a sermon titled “Empowering Women” and the sermon was on 1 Corinthians 14 about women being silent in the churches, it being a shame for them to speak in the churches, and if they have a question, they are to ask their husbands at home. Somehow, the sermon turned into empowering women so that they can even preach in the churches.
If I were to give a talk on empowering women, which seems to be a main theme among many female preachers these days, I would share the Gospel with them. The only way for a woman to be truly “empowered” would be to believe the Gospel and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Being empowered with the Holy Spirit means that it is His Spirit which works mightily within us to accomplish His will for our life. It doesn’t mean that we work out our own will and what we want to do in life.
It seems that most women who preach/teach about women empowerment really mean for women to be empowered to do what men do: preach, climb the career ladder, make money, go into politics, be movers and shakers, etc. It doesn’t have anything to do with obeying the Lord and His will. God’s will for women is to have meek and quiet spirits. It’s the complete opposite of what women are being taught these days. Instead of being taught to be empowered, they need to be taught who they are in Christ and His beautiful will for them.
A woman with a meek and quiet spirit trusts in God Almighty. She loves what God has called her to do. She has no desire to rule or be a man. She wants to live in godly submission to her husband and seek his best. She doesn’t get rattled easily because she rests in Him and His plan for her life. She doesn’t worry about the “what ifs” because she knows the “what ifs” steal her joy. Those questions take God out of the equation. She is thankful that God made her a woman and is content with the life that He has given to her. The only way she wants to be empowered is by doing what He has asked her to do with His Spirit working mightily within her.
Let’s teach women to be “empowered” with godliness, not with worldliness. God commands older women to teach younger women biblical womanhood and how to be the woman that God has called them to be, not be empowered to do things that He has not called them to do. Christ didn’t die to empower women so they could go their own way. No, He empowered them to be transformed into His likeness and filled with the fruits of the Spirit to do His will.
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 3:4