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Ten Titles for Christian Women to Wear
Women love to certify their position in relationships with titles. Though the following (except the first) are not specifically designated for women, we use literary license to adopt them in our relationship with God. Wearing them empowers us to demonstrate acceptable attitudes and behaviors for our own benefit, and the benefit of our audience. All quotes are from the New King James Version.
1) Royal Daughter
The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace.
Psalm 45 is a poem, written for a king on his wedding day. The poet describes the bride, also the daughter of a king, who is dressed and waiting in her palace for the procession which will take her to the king’s.
The portrait of a bride-to-be is a perfect comparison for the Christian woman transitioning from a life governed by worldly permissive standards to a life of virtuous standards set by God, her Heavenly Father and King. In addition to boosting our self-worth, this title reminds us to live by God’s principles.
I chose you out of the world. . . (John 15:19)
Matthew Poole’s Commentary states: “I [God], having chosen you out of the world, have given you new hearts, new frames and dispositions quite contrary to theirs; therefore the world, disliking you, and seeing that your principles are quite opposite to theirs, abhor and hate you.”
This title makes us aware that our enemies would be pleased to seduce us into their lifestyle; therefore, we need to focus on the path which God has chosen us to walk.
3) Fragrance of Christ
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 2:15)
Christian women are the atomizers of the sweet nature of Christ. The influence of His grace lingers like the scent of perfume after we have left the room. Not only do people benefit from the fragrance we diffuse, but God Himself is pleased that we keep the influence of Christ alive. We do so in our smiles, our speech, our deportment at all times, in all kinds of interactions with others. This title extends to our spiritual legacy.
4) God's Masterpiece
For we are His workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
Masterpiece is borrowed from the New Living Translation, and seems appropriate since God does not make junk. This title succoured me during a period of my life when I was weakened by some heavy burdens. My friends who were probably as crushed as I was, did not know how to minister to me, since I was usually the minister.
This title reminded me, as it will any other woman, that even in difficult times there is purpose for us, God’s Masterpiece; and there is purpose for the strides we are forced to make.
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love.
Here is the title every woman longs for. No better source than God to supply it. He loves first, continually and unconditionally.
Fill in the blank with your name. “_______________, loved with God’s everlasting love.” If you understand the full impact of this title, you will never again suffer from low self-esteem, self-doubt, hopelessness, or any other self-defeating emotion. Write it where you can read it often and begin to wear it.
Which of the first five titles do you prefer?
6) Holy and Beloved
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
put on tender mercies . . . (Colossians 3: 12)
We gladly respond to the title of Beloved, with probably a blush and a feeling of being special. We may not respond so joyfully when God adds Holy to the mix, but we can be sure that if He calls us holy, He will qualify us for the title.
We are not required to prove our holiness; but we are expected to maintain the kind of connectedness with Him which will facilitate His Holiness covering our unholiness until that practice becomes the norm. We can evaluate our progress by how consistently we wear the kindness, humility and other virtues listed in this and the following verse.
7) Temple of the Holy Spirit
Do you not know that your body is the temple of
the Holy Spirit who is in you? (1 Corinthians 6: 19)
Many women who spend time and money on the upkeep of physical features and physique are primarily concerned with outward beauty. That is no reason to condemn them, although Christian women have additional motivation. We have invited God to dwell within us, therefore we need to keep our bodies in good shape.
If we maintain our bodies with proper nutrition, exercise, water, air, sunshine, temperance, rest and surrender to God; if we refuse to abuse or bodies with excessive drugs, alcohol, tattoos and illicit sex, we can humbly wear this title.
8) Private Garden
A garden enclosed Is my sister, my spouse.
(Song of Solomon 4:12)
The love story in the Song of Solomon features a lover (male) and a beloved (female) who also represent the love between God and His people. The term “private garden” refers to the fact that God loves His people to commit to Him alone; and morally-minded couples want exclusive relationships.
This title does not suggest that we are imprisoned, but that we are protected because we are precious. We share physical intimacy only in our marriage relationships.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:30, 31)
Christian women recognize that our value is attached not to what we own, not to what we have become, and not to our abilities. Our value is anchored in the eternal qualities of the One who made us and sustains us by His love and care. This sense of value prevents us from lowering our moral standards or engaging in illicit behaviors to gain a feeling of importance. This title comes with the guarantee that our value cannot depreciate since the Source of our value cannot decline.
10) More Than Conqueror
In all these things [tribulation, distress . . . ]
we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
When Christian women come through our struggles with our souls in tact, we are conquerors; but when in our struggles, we gain more than we lose—more strength, more character, more hope—we are more than conquerors. And our victories are empowered by God’s love for us, a love from which we will let nothing separate us.
This title encourages us to be witnesses that God’s favor can take us from behind the starting line and push us past the finish line—in record speed; that His grace can change our status from unknown to significant status of honor—above some who expected to rule over us. It happened to Queen Esther. God is still the same!
Which of the last five titles do you prefer?
© 2017 Dora Weithers