Thank You , Martin Luther! Reformation Benefits for the 21st Century Woman from previous page empowered. It’s not about the attention you garner or the hat you wear. It’s about the CROSS you bear. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Do all things God-pleasing, sharing His Love. We do what we can with all our might, resisting the temptation to expect any organization, government, or person to do what only God can do. It is bold to “be anxious for nothing!” Now, 500 years later, progress gives us more and more, faster and faster. Doors open to women for education, lofty careers, louder voices, raised expectations in boardrooms, and we want more. Of what? Beware! There may be at least “95 theses” on the doors we enter, but they’re revolving too fast to read! Let’s slow down and ask, “Just because I can …, is it wise?” Ruth Senter notes our remarkable accomplishments, adding, “Contentment is not what I see and hear and feel among women today. I feel constant yearning, restless longing, deepening discontent—as though we’ve made it over the mountain but can’t bring ourselves to settle in and call the place home.” (7) 21st century women network in abundant and often dark times, as souls search amid confusion and angst. May we be tried and true lights that contrast with brightness, to mentor and lead the way to what truly satisfies in Christ. We reflect Christ’s Light from knowing God’s Word to discern “truth decay”! So much is happening so fast (progress) that it seems impossible to sort out. God urges us in 1 John 1:4 to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Networking rightly is His work through our gifts, high visibility or low. God places every Christian in a witness network. As I see it,
There’s a world to be reached for Christ! you’re either networking or you’re NOT working in Me through their message, that all of them may your light for Jesus Christ! Reformation sends us to be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. love the misinformed, the uninformed, and the illMay they also be in Us so that the world may believe informed when we are well informed in Christ. that You have sent Me.” This isn’t about “ecclesiastical My take-away from thousands of women is to avoid onesies” (9) but doctrinal purity that focuses each of us victim boldness, the mantra du jour, an excuse for by God’s Spirit to seek God’s Truth. discontent. Do not wear that label. Trust the Lord to THERE’S A WORLD TO BE REACHED FOR use your gifts. Luther’s words guide us to say: Do you CHRIST! The Reformation is a spiritual “I.V.” for us to really think God cannot magnify Himself as much if be emboldened by God’s promises and wisdom in you’re doing one thing rather than another? God’s addressing the issues of our day. plans for us are not dependent on role, rank, or sex. Thank you, Martin Luther! But especially, thank Beware the feminization of the soul to the risk of losing You, Lord! n the full benefits of being His child. Jesus is enough. Phyllis Wallace is a freelance writer and speaker. Skip the add-ons! Get in on what God is doing. Three years of the Woman to Woman® show Martin Luther’s spunk and sass slashed interviews can be heard on womantowomanradio.com. through church secrets to put the NOTES: Bible in people’s hands. They were (1) Luther’s study of Romans 1:17 made a strong impact on changing transformed in multitudes, one the course of his thinking and his life. More details are revealed in by by one, by the renewing of their Luther in volume 34 of Luther’s Works, (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, minds. As we are free in Christ 1960), pp. 36-37. (2) I heard popular lecturer and Biblical scholar Dr. Paul Maier say to choose which hill in life to this. I double checked with him recently, and he affirmed the quote. defend, one thing matters. Only (3) The conversation between Dr. and Mrs. Luther is found in Philip one. That is the One True God, Schaff ’s book, History of the Christian Church (Charles Scribner’s the Living God, who raises the Sons, New York; 1910 edition). (4) dead to eternal life with Him in Ibid. (5) Rebecca Curtis co-authored the book, LadyLike: Living Biblically, heaven forever where the dust available from Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis (cph.org; or of the past settles and we see for 1-800-325-3040). ourselves the Three Persons of The (6) From the article on Dr. Garton in the Fall 2007 issue of Lutheran Trinity, in whom we are one in the faith Women’s Quarterly. (7) unto life everlasting. (8) Ruth Senter, Have We Really Come a Long Way? Bethany House Publishers; currently out of print; copies may be available from Your great-great grandfather may not have sailed from Germany to spread the Gospel here, like online sources. (8) For a penetrating look at our continuing quest for truth, enjoy LHM’s mine did. But you have a great lineage. Jesus prayed three-part DVD series and discussion options for “A Man Named for you in John 17:20-21: “My prayer is not for the Martin” by going to lhm.org/studies or calling 1-800-876-9880. disciples alone. I pray also for those who will believe (9) The term “ecclesiastical onesies” has been used online by Anthony
May we be tried and true lights that contrast with brightness, to mentor and lead the way to what truly satisfies in Christ.
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