I have recently begun researching God’s calling of women throughout the Bible….there are so many verses to draw from that this study could take months or more! I ordered a book from this amazing organization Above Rubies called Be Fruitful & Multiply by Nancy Campbell. In this book, she walks through the Bible and shows God’s command for marriage, godly seed. This book is so enlightening that I have begun a sort of journal while I read it. I never realized just how emphasized the command to “be fruitful and multiply” is throughout the Bible!
Genesis 9:1 (KJV)
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
Genesis 9:7 (KJV)
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply therein.
Genesis 35:11 (KJV)
And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
These are just a few instances in the scriptures where God emphasizes the importance of reproduction. He also shows that great blessings come from children. Isn’t it wonderful that when we follow God’s commands he blesses us beyond measure?! God has been revealing to me my calling in life as a woman, and I am learning that one of the largest parts of his calling for my life is motherhood.
During this Christmas season, I think of Mary as a mother. The mother of Christ…
Mary had the highest calling as a woman. She a mere human was the mother of a perfect child. She never had to worry about Jesus getting into trouble or going spiritually astray. I do think that having a perfect child would be a challenge though. Mary being imperfect would be constantly confronted with her shortcomings as a sinful person. I cannot imagine how privileged and challenged Mary felt as the mother of Christ, but I know she was blessed beyond belief and that Jesus was not the only child she had …
Matthew 13:55 (KJV)
Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Mary had many children, she knew the calling of God and lived a fruitful life. The fruit of her womb was blessed!
I love thinking about how the mother of Christ must have felt and how God has given the gift of children to all women!
Blessings In Christ,