In 1987, John MacArthur wrote an excellent book, God’s high calling for women. We just finished it and thought it was filled with excellent material that all Christian women should read.
While we agree with him on that topic, we would like to take it a step further and change the topic to God’s high calling for his creation. Both men and women have high callings from God to fulfill.
The roles may be different but the rules are the same. God does not make one set of rules for women and another set for men. He does create different roles because he likes order and he wants his church to be run in a certain way by one gender.
Mr. MacArthur makes mention of that fact and he did so eloquently
Being there. On page 84, he wrote that only a godly mother can raise godly children. That is true but at the same time, only a godly father can raise godly children.
The rules for parenting are the same for both genders. Then when God said ‘Be ye holy for I am holy’, he did not add a postscript and say ‘men.’ That command is for both men and women to follow even when they are parents.
God’s high calling is for his creation to be like him and that calling applies to both genders. A godly wife can help her husband and children to be holy as can the godly father and husband do the same for his mate and offspring.
Having a godly and holy influence in the home changes the dynamic and helps the children make their way through life a lot better. On page 86, Mr. MacArthur gave a couple examples of a godly mother. he mentions Susanna Wesley who spent an hour each day praying for her 19 children.
He also mentioned G. Campbell Morgan crediting his godly mother with being the best preacher in their house when he and his siblings were growing up. The godly influence of a mother goes a long way.
Then a final example was of Charles Spurgeon’s father coming home to find that his wife was deep in prayer naming their children one by one. It may be too bad that modern life has so many mothers and fathers too busy to spend an hour a week in prayer let alone an hour a day praying for their children.
In Bible college, they often talked about having priorities straight but we do not recall them teaching us how to pray for our children when we got married and started a family. That seems to be one of the best priorities a parent could have.
Parents cannot be with their children 24 hours a day 60 minutes every hour but they certainly can show their loving protective spirit by enlisting the aid of the one person who can be there all the time.
This is another high calling from God. To look after one’s family is more than just being there financially. It is to be there prayerfully making sure their family is covered in God’s protective nature.
Being there spiritually is more than just taking them to church once a week. It means getting involved with their children’s problems and giving them God’s solutions, not the world’s answers.
God’s high calling is for people to look to him for help. Proverbs 3 tells us to not forget God’s commandments or teaching. That chapter says:
My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;
2 For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.
3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
That passage may start out with the words ‘my son’ but they are for women as well. Parents who lie to their children cause great damage to them and leave behind a very bad example for their children to follow.
Lying is not part of God’s high calling to his creation. Nor is any sinful option. When Corrie Ten Boom asked her father a question that was too much for her to understand, her father did not lie to her.
Instead, he put his suitcase down and asked her to pick it up. When she couldn’t do it, he told her that her question was too heavy for her to bear the answer. Wisdom helps us meet God’s high calling when it comes to difficult situations and questions.
On page 33, Mr. MacArthur writes,
A woman who wants to serve and honor God cannot show disregard for what he says in his word about the role for women
We should broaden that to say that women should not disregard any of God’s teaching in the Bible. But those words can also apply to men. Men who want to serve and honor God should not show disregard for God’s words.
Not just his role for men but all commandments, instructions, and teaching God has put in the Bible. When you want godly children, you must set the example and blaze the trail for your children to follow and that should come from both parents, not just one.
God’s high calling must be seen in his followers if those followers of God want the unbeliever to reject sin and turn to Christ. Evangelism is more than just preaching the gospel to anyone who will listen.
It is founded on living a godly life so the words of the evangelist have more meaning and power. Evangelism is founded on God’s higher calling to be holy as is all other offices God has established.
On page 53, Mr. MacArthur also says that ‘Women are not to be rebels’. But then neither should men be. If Christian men are going to be different from their unbelieving counterparts, then they need to humble themselves and obey God correctly. Just as women need to do.
Godliness is a two-gender activity, not a one-gender sport. What applies to one applies to the other. The same for holiness and other aspects of God’s high calling.
The question is, are you up to the challenge? If you are, you will have help from God to meet that challenge and succeed.