Ephesians 5:27 – …that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

God’s passion is for His church, His people. Church is not a cruise ship. It is a battleship! Be a church that stewards what you have been entrusted with. Line up your mouth with His. Line up your thinking with His. Overcome the world’s agenda by His goodness. The Lord is worth laying down your plans and living out His purposes. 

Declaration: I am the church of Christ. I walk in unity and integrity for His Glory.

Construction or Destruction?

Yesterday we solved the mystery of woman: She was created with Adam, but not revealed until he discovered his need for a helpmeet. Helpmeet in Hebrew is “ezer knegdo” – the unifying shield of encouragement that is openly and boldly of equal worth on earth and in the Kingdom of God.

In short, woman was made to be an agent of construction, not destruction. And that makes sense because, no matter what the loony left tells you, only women can construct babies. It is their distinct purpose for mankind. 

How do women construct? With their love. Man can build a house, but the woman makes it a home. She feeds, clothes, decorates, organizes, and generally takes what the man gives her and makes it better. She especially makes him better. 

Because she is made to surround, protect, give aid and relief, woman is the safe place for man to be himself. If he fails, she comforts and encourages him to get back up. If he’s hurting, she comforts him. If he’s confused or unsure of the future, she speaks wisdom into him, which we’ll talk more about next Friday.

The bottom line is that woman was made to protect man’s heart. Here’s how I know. 

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man – Genesis 2:21-22

Men, if you give a woman your heart–if you love her more than you love yourself and you put her dreams and desires before your own, she will become a mighty fortress for your heart and dreams. She was made to build and multiply the love you give her, so give her a reason to. 

Likewise, if you give a woman grief, heartache and trouble, she will multiply that as well. My friend, when woman goes against her God-given nature and becomes an agent of destruction, all hell will break loose in your life. Don’t go there! 

So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. – Ephesians 5:28

Remember men, that woman is a literal part of your body, so treat her with kindness and love. If you do, that little lady will fight the gates of hell for you. 

Ladies, today I want to encourage you to be agents of construction: speak life into the men in your life and into your kids. Build them up in word and action. Protect their hearts, their reputations and minds, and see how you can multiply the life God has given you to steward–theirs and yours.