Today as the world celebrates International Women’s Day, it is very important to see from scriptures what the role of a Biblical woman is.
Different cultures see women differently and set roles for them according to their heritage but there are Biblically defined roles for men and women in marriage and the church.
God’s Word defines our roles and purpose in life as women because God created us equal in purpose and in His love and plans for us.
When God created Eve, He did not create her to be Adam’s servant, or inferior but He created her as a companion with whom Adam could find his equal.
God imparted to Eve the same job He gave to Adam—tending the garden and having dominion over the animals and every living thing that God had created.
Every woman’s value is the same as every man’s because both were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Just as God had a plan and purpose for Adam, so He also had a plan for Eve, even after the Fall, and used her for His glory.
Let us see from the Bible, many women whom God used for His glory:
Esther married a pagan king and saved God’s people (Esther 2:8–9, 17; 7:2–8:17).
Deborah was a judge over Israel (Judges 4:4).
Rahab hid the Israelite spies from danger and became part of the bloodline of Christ as Boaz’s mother (Joshua 6:17; Matthew 1:5).
Tabitha was known for her good works and was raised from the dead (Acts 9:36–40).
Ruth looked after her mother-in-law and reaped grain in the fields. She married Boaz and became the grandmother of King David,
entering the bloodline of Christ (Ruth 1:14–17, 2:2–3, 4:13, 4:17).
Jael helped to deliver Israel from King Jabin’s troops when she drove a tent peg through the wicked Sisera’s temple (Judges 4:17–22).
Elizabeth gave birth to and raised John the Baptist (Luke 1:13–17).
Lydia was a businesswoman who hosted Paul and Silas (Acts 16:14).
Rhoda was in the prayer group for Peter (Acts 12:12–13).
Mary was chosen by God to bear and be an earthly mother to His Son (Luke 1:26–33).
Mary and Martha were two of Jesus’ closest friends (John 11:5).
The list is never-ending because everywhere women are being used by God to carry out their God-given purposes as wives, daughters, mothers, missionaries, teachers, lawyers, politicians, doctors, nurses, engineers, artists, businesswomen, and more.
Let us celebrate womanhood on this International Women’s Day, and thank our Creator for His love and His plans for every one of us, regardless of whether we are male or female.