When I began Training Keepers of the Home years ago, the goal was to encourage women in their faith walk as Christian homemakers and spiritual growth in Biblical womanhood.
Being a Christian homemaker is more than cooking and cleaning. Just as being a Christian woman is more than and motherhood and marriage.
Encouragement in biblical womanhood has the all-encompassing goal of spiritual growth for the Christian woman.
There can be no spiritual maturity if our outer works and deeds are being done without the inner transformation of our hearts. This is where Paul’s letter to the Philippians becomes a great source of encouragement to Christians in all stages of spiritual growth.
In Paul’s letter, he addressed the Phillipian church and gave thanks to God. He wanted the Philippians (and us) to join together in order to bring the message of the Gospel of hope, mercy, justice, and salvation to others.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all in view of your participation (koinonia) in the Gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing: that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the Day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6 (NASB)
For when we partner with other Christians and join God in his work, we are an encouragement to others and this also brings us rewards and blessings as we share the Gospel.
The sharing of the Gospel has the goal of bringing about the complete transformation of a soul to the point of conversion. However, conversion is not the end goal, it is truly the beginning of a new life…one that has been reborn.
The Christian journey is one of discoveries, decisions, and determination as we work on becoming mature.
What does Christian maturity look like? Jesus, it looks like Jesus.
Our goal should be to continually grow in our faith with the goal of being Christlike and the end goal of perfection.
Paul’s aim in his ministry was to help others become spiritually mature and Christlike. (Romans 8:29, Gal. 4:19)
“….our prayer is for your perfection…Aim for perfection.” (2 Cor.13:9 & 11)
Even though you and I have not reached spiritual maturity nor have become completely Christlike here on this planet, we are still to continue to keep striving towards that goal, (Phil. 3:11-15) even in the face of adversities and great trials.
And here on TKOTH, my goal is to be an encouragement to you in spiritual walk and Biblical womanhood.
While we live out our earthly lives as mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters remember the goal of living a Christlike life with the end goal of being perfected in Christ. It is our citizenship in heaven that we are awaiting.
Our citizenship is in heaven and as we live out our lives let us eagerly await the Saviour’s return because the Lord Jesus Christ, will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of his glory by the exertion of the power that he has, even to subject everything to himself. (Phil. 3:21)
Be blessed and keep striving ladies,