Beyoncé’s ‘Grown Woman’ occasionally blares through the speakers of my car radio or iPod when I want to get a good workout in. But yesterday while listening I gave the song a more critical ear and thought about the misguidance of the lyrics. Mainly, because as grown women we may be able to do what ever you want, but as women of God we don’t. If you think about it no one really is, you’re always subject to someone else’s desires weather it’s your boss or your kids. If you are married you are to submit to the headship of your husband and God and if single to your heavenly and earthly fathers. Even Queen Bey herself probably take some guidance from her husband.
Our flesh is literally like a child, it want’s to do whatever it wants, when it wants and how it wants but as children of God we are held to a standard that is above fleshly desires. While the world may view this as a bad situation to be in, it’s actually a benefit which in the end protects our bodies and hearts. As godly women growing in our walks we usually become even more aware of the words we speak and when our actions are made out of fleshly desires. This means that you no longer have the urge to go off on that cashier that placed your eggs at the bottom of the bag so that by the time you got home they were cracked, or honk like a mad woman at the driver who obviously didn’t know that drivers were allowed to go over twenty miles per hour on the expressway. Or even if you do have the urge, you take it to a higher power and proceed in a more enlightened manner. As someone that is a recovering road rager I speak from personal experience! In Romans 7:15, Paul writes I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do (NIV). Speaking from experience your flesh will have you constantly wanting to do all the wrong things, it’s almost like a small fire that grows with each minute that it isn’t expressed until you are so engulfed in flames that you almost can’t resist the temptation. Getting the flesh under control is a lifetime feat…But God! Read 1 Corinthians 10:13, in the latter part of the verse it will tell you that when you are tempted, he will provide a way out so that you can endure it. Great temptations will come, but there is a greater God that will allow for a way out, if we choose to take it.
So, why don’t we give into the pleasure of indulging in everything we want or letting it all loose and showing the world how we really feel at a time when we have the right to be angry? I’ll put it this way, you could indulge and eat brownie sundaes every day, smoke two packs of cigarettes a day or refuse to connect with God regularly but there will be consequences to your actions and they might not be so pretty. My question to you (and myself sometimes) is what type of seeds are you sowing through this action? Seed’s of love or hate, seeds of wisdom or foolery? In Galatians 6:7-8 it states, Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Nuff said!