I think that one of the most important things to discuss when looking at the purpose of anything is the origins from which it came. Origins can speak volumes toward identity. If you want to know the true purpose of anything you must go to it’s original point of creation to see what was the Creator’s original intent. From what and for what was this creation designed?
When looking at the origins of Woman, many want to point to Adam as the point of origin. After all, it was from his side that her body was shaped. We then draw many conclusions about Eve’s purpose based on this point of origin. The side effect is that we have a somewhat distorted and myopic view of who we are as women because we have failed to see, truly, how we began. You see Adam is not Eve’s point of origin. He was the first record of man in time, yes. But, I want to propose to you that our origin is not in time. Our origin is in eternity. This changes how we see everything.
You see God is spirit. And spirit gives birth to spirit. And we are all His children. So before we manifested in time. We were all born in the spirit with God. Do I believe that there are distinct genders of male and female in time? Absolutely, yes. And each gender (divided from the other) is a distinct representation of who God is. To confuse this is to distort the image of God. But, we must emphatically realize that we are not beings that began in time. We began in the heart of God, not by the will of man, but by the will of God. This perspective changes how you see everything. You see it doesn’t matter how you physically came into existence; by accident, tragedy, or coercion. We were all first born of the spirit in eternity, and we draw our value from our point of origin not the means of our manifestation in time. (Gal. 3:28, John 3:6, 1 Peter 1:20, Eph. 1:4, John 1:1-3, John 1:13, )
What does this mean for Eve? It means that before Eve became a living being in time, she was already a living being with God. She was in Him before the creation of the world. Her manifestation into time is the amazing hand of a creator God, making everything to speak of Him…so that when we fell and when we were lost…all we would have to do is look around this world, and know who we are and where we come from…because it all speaks of Him. Even our own hearts.
The feminine heart is created by God to reflect His glory and image to this earth. We are not an afterthought, an accident, or even an ascended form of Adam. Male and Female are both distinct, separate, and equal manifestations of God’s image to this world.
So daughters, let me encourage you with this. Women need to stop seeing themselves first in the light of a man and first start seeing themselves in the light of who God is. That is where your journey starts. It does not start or end with a man. Your journey started with your Creator, the one who loved you first and birthed you into existence. You were and always have been in His heart first. Who you are to this world begins and ends with your identity in Him. The rest is just overflow. So many times I think it’s easy for women to define themselves within the context of their relationship to a man whether they be married or not, have a man in their life or not and the truth is that if you define yourself this way, you will always be running in circles.
The truth is that whether married or single, whether in a good marriage or a not so good one, a woman should never define herself in terms of institutions that are temporal. Marriage is temporal. We should always define ourselves first in terms of the things that do not fade.
Your life started in eternity not in time.
You are first birthed in the heart of God.
Your identity comes from your place in Him.
Women are eternal beings. Our true beginning is in the heart of God.
To define yourself this way frees you from the guilt, shame, or even pride that would take us over if we were to define ourselves in temporal terms. Temporal terms meaning, our relationship to a man.
Now before you think that I have a low view of marriage, let me just tell you that I don’t. I have a great marriage to a great man. A man that I love with all my heart. But, no matter how much I love him, I cannot get my identity from Him. My identity comes from God alone.
And in a way, that is a very comforting thought. I know that my life is secure on the rock that never changes…the great I AM…I don’t have to worry about being too much, or not being enough, I just have to be…in Him.
And in Him is a good place to be.