There are some who believe that men are more valuable than women. You must go someplace other than the Bible to find that untruth. The truth is, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). The only thing that was not good in all of God’s creation was a man without a woman. God made woman to complete the man, to make him better than he was by himself. Woman was declared by God to be good for man.
Then God put them in the garden together, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply in number; fill the earth and subdue it…” (Genesis 127-28a). Both man and woman were made in the image of God, they both bear the same resemblance, they both look like, act like, and both man and woman belong to God. The word IMAGE means TO CUT OUT. We have been CUT OUT of God Himself. We are chips-off-the-old-block. Every person, male and female, have the presence and person of God planted into them. We are not God, but we are made in the image of God.
We are not only made in the image of God, but God put both male and female into the same place and gave them the same job to do. The Bible says that we are to be FRUITFUL. We are to be progressive. We are to add value. We are to “FILL THE EARTH…”, which means that both males and females are to make the earth full. We are to complete the earth. We are to accomplish and fulfill what the earth was created for in the first place. We are a part of God’s creative order. He created and we keep on creating. We make children. We make households. We make communities. We make nations. We keep on creating what God created the world to be. God turned His creating ME into a creating WE. Males together with females create and keep on creating because that is what God made us all to do--MAKE THE EARTH FULL. That has little to do with procreation. It has everything to do with recreation. With every generation, we keep on recreating what God started.
Our women of Grace are recreation geniuses. Whether in Sunday School every week, Vacation Bible School every Summer, every Fellowship Meal, Worship Service, Picnic, or you name it, our women do something over and above the expected. They are constantly working to make something special, memorable, or imaginative to give glory to God. Just this week, our women took lunches and dinners to some of our widows. This evening at Bolding Mill Park our women will bring their signature dishes, deserts, and homemade ice cream recipes that will add an amazing taste and touch to our church picnic.
Thank you ladies, mothers, grandmothers, and women of Grace for your sacrifices of love that make us all better disciples of Jesus. We love and appreciate you all.