The Last Shall Be First

“God doesn’t give half the population a monopoly on leadership, self-sacrifice, or provision.” Emma brings good insight to what leadership means for women and men in the kingdom of God.

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There’s a school of thought that asserts true men prioritize providing for and protecting others, true women happily accept men’s leadership, and any reversal or blend of these roles departs from God’s design for the sexes.

Of course, men should protect and provide for others, leading as Christ led. But men and women bear God’s image equally. The Bible contains many examples of women protecting and providing for children, other women, and men*. There are also plenty of examples of women leading and prophesying to mixed audiences**.

God doesn’t give half the population a monopoly on leadership, self-sacrifice, or provision. God calls all His children—women included—to those responsibilities. When encountering tough choices, hard decisions, or the call to sacrifice, women should not look around and wait for a man to come along and make that decision for them, or do it for them. Women ought to lead as God directs…

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2 Responses to The Last Shall Be First

  1. Pastor Bob says:

    “When encountering tough choices, hard decisions, or the call to sacrifice, women should not look around and wait for a man to come along and make that decision for them, or do it for them. Women ought to lead as God directs…”

    Could not improve on this.
    EXACTLY how I train the youth I work with.

    Blessings!

  2. For Jesus, “Leadership … meant service.” We all need to be reminded of that, often. Thanks so much for your reflection here, Emma.
    (I left this comment at the original post, too.)

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