Equal But Different

You have probably heard this joke: God created man and said, “I can do better than that,” and He created woman. gender balance

While you might laugh, I hope you see that this joke isn’t true. God did exactly what He intended to do—He created male and female, and He declared the idea of two genders to be very good.

You have probably heard another untruth: Equality means females must do the same thing as males.

Two things do not have to be the same to be equal. Red and green are equally colors, but they are different.

God created male and female, and He created them equally in His image. However He gave them different functions in His kingdom. These functions are equally valuable.

Does this sound familiar?

  • The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are equal.
  • Each person of the Trinity has a different function in accomplishing our redemption.
  • These different functions have the same purpose—to praise the Triune God’s glorious grace.
  • There is equality in being, difference in function, and unity in purpose.

The same is true for us because we were created in the likeness of the Triune God.

  • Men and women are equal because we are both created in God’s image.
  • We were designed for different functions.
  • We were created for the same purpose: God’s glory.
  • There is equality in being, difference in function, and unity in purpose.

It’s nonsense to say that God the Father must die on the cross in order to be as important as the Son, and it is nonsense to say that women must do the same things as men in order to be as important.

Men and women are different, but our differences are not meant to divide us—and they won’t if we have the same purpose. The problem is when our purpose is to live for our own glory rather than God’s glory.

God’s plan is for men and women to live in harmony and to praise Him together. We are not to compete and criticize. We are to value our differences. We are to encourage and help each other glorify God.

In what ways have you seen the differences between guys and girls bring God glory? What can you do to encourage the guys around you to glorify God through their design?

Note: This post is excerpted from Becoming God’s True Woman: While I Still Have a Curfew by Susan Hunt and Mary Kassian.

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