I woke up this morning reflecting on the theme for International Women’s Day 2019 – #BalanceforBetter, building a gender-balanced world.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, I always try to view things through the lens of God’s kingdom. So, I had to ask myself: What is gender-balance in the context of God’s Kingdom?
Immediately, I remembered a quote by one of my favourite Christian speakers, Lisa Bevere: “God does not love us equally… He loves us uniquely.” Equal implies His love is measurable and can be divided. But no! His love is immeasurable, and it multiplies.
That was my clue to this gender balance question.
God’s desire for all his daughters and sons is to discover the uniqueness of His love for each one of them. When each daughter and son fully walks in this truth, they will also awaken to the uniqueness of His purpose and calling for each of us regardless of gender.
There is work to be done in the kingdom…as Jesus said to His disciples:
“The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
Here, Jesus is pointing His followers’ attention to the gravity of the situation – a shortage of labourers for the Kingdom’s harvest. To God, a labourer is a labourer. He will get His work done through any woman or man who is willing and able, according to the gifting He deposited in them. For example, when Israel needed leadership, God chose Deborah in one season and Gideon in another. Each leader/judge had a unique impact during their season of leadership, but neither was chosen on the basis of gender.
When we all becomes fully convinced about this truth, it will rule out the desire for gender equality or “balance.” Don’t get me wrong, balance in itself is a lofty and noble goal. However in our Father’s kingdom, that isn’t necessarily the focus. The goal is an invitation to function in our unique capacities – all hands on deck!
My assessment is that as followers of Christ, we are invited to flip the idea of gender-balance on its head by asking ourselves: What are the needs? Where are the needs? Which of God’s daughters and sons is willing and gifted to meet those needs?
“… therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”
The harvest is huge as time runs out towards eternity…and the Lord is answering that prayer by sending many of His daughters and sons to labour for the bounty.