Every now and then I point people to stuff around the internet that I find particularly encouraging to single women, and today is such a day. There is a paragraph in today’s post by Jennie on the EQUIP blog club, about our identity being in Christ, that, if you flip it over a little, I find heartening (and challenging).
When I flick around blog world I find that in most women’s blog profiles their family relationships feature prominently. That is not a bad thing, but when you don’t have those relationships you can find yourself digging up something else, like say a job you had once, because it sounds a bit better/more exciting than the job you have now (that would be me), and you have to try to rake up something to say (and some credit!) from somewhere. So this was good to read:
Being saved is not just an added extra. I’m not a wife, mother, sister, daughter, sister-in-law and also a follower of Jesus, as though that last one is just an item in a set. I’m a follower of Jesus. And he has given me certain opportunities and relationships. All these are gifts from my Lord as well as the context for the good works he has prepared for me in advance to demonstrate his workmanship in my life. I’m not accidentally a wife, or a wife because I happen to have such excellent qualities. Jesus rules my life and he has put me in this, and other, relationships and this is where I serve him. The point is, that as Wendy says, to move beyond idolatry here, we need to focus on the fact that we are followers of Jesus first and foremost and remember who he is and what he has done for us.