Thus, a primary purpose for both a man and a woman is to be a vessel that brings glory and honor to God (2 Tim 2:21). They are both to reflect the image of God (as was seen in the previous article), and live as examples of His great love and redemption (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18).

Thus, a Christian woman’s first priority is to live in a way that honors and brings glory to the Lord (1 Cor 6:19, 20). This can be accomplished only through daily prayer and fellowship with God – and by learning and obeying God’s instructions for life, the Bible. Prayer and Bible study are things a woman must find time for each day. She cannot be or do all that she should without full dependence upon God for everything she needs.

All that a godly woman does should be based on her desire to love, serve and obey the Lord (Deut 6:5). A woman should not want to be a good wife only to please her husband or to gain his favorable response. This desire in a wife can fade if a husband fails or disappoints her. Likewise, a mother should not want to train her children just so others will think she has done well. She should do so because God through His Word instructs her to (Prov 22:6).

Doing all to please the Lord is not always easy, nor is it quickly accomplished. Our flesh resists obeying God and being conformed into His image (Rom 8:29; 12:1, 2). However, God has supplied all that we need to overcome our fleshly ways and choose instead to obey the Word and the Spirit of God (Rom 13:14; Gal 5:16-23; Eph 4:20-24).

One of the most powerful verses for women in all the Bible contains the words spoken to the Lord by Mary, the mother of Jesus: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word …” (Luke 1:38).

God was requiring Mary to do a very hard thing. Yet she was willing to do whatever God asked of her. She recognized that she was a handmaiden of the Lord, and her heart was set to obey Him and serve Him.

This kind of heart is why God chose Mary for the special task of bearing the Redeemer of the world, Jesus Christ. The Bible reveals this about Mary: “the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28) and “you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:30).

God – the One Who looks upon the hearts of people (1 Sam 16:7) – saw within Mary a heart that was completely yielded to the purposes of God. She loved God and, putting her own desires second, allowed God’s desires for her to be realized (Ps 37:4).

A godly woman recognizes the importance of wanting only what God wants. She will not hold onto her life and live only for herself (Matt 10:39). She will be willing to lay down her own desires in order to serve a much higher purpose: God’s desires and plans for her, her husband, her children and others.