I am doing a book study with a group of ladies from my church. We are reading Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur. I missed last week, so I was catching up on my reading about Hannah. In the book, Mr. MacArthur talks about Hannah’s deep longing for a child. He talks about the importance of raising children. He says that the Bible honours women who are dedicated to loving their husbands and children above all other endeavors. Quite right.
Then he says, “[Hannah] understood that motherhood is the highest calling God can bestow on any woman.”
With all due respect to Mr. MacArthur, I reject this statement completely. Does Mr. MacArthur contend that Mother Teresa’s work was less worthy than raising children? Or how about my friend Holly who is a childless missionary in Africa who is dedicating her life to showing people the love of Christ. Or the childless graphic designers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, temps who love Jesus, but have not received the blessing of a child? Is the obedience of these Doules less honourable in the sight of God because it does not involve motherhood?
The highest calling God can bestow on a woman is for her to receive His love and love Him in return. Her great calling is to seek to know and love her Jesus more. The means by which He reveals His love and refines her character are purely logistical. Listening to the Holy Spirit and obedience is a woman’s highest calling.
On a side note, I could totally name a daughter Hannah. So lovely.