Women's Kingdom Power
It's one thing to move a heavy dresser. It's another thing to get all the drawers back in the right place. It takes strength to move all the boxes filled with dishes, seasonings, flour, pots and pans, mixers, and the thousands of other stuff that make cooking in a kitchen possible. It's another thing to clean all the shelves, put in new shelf liner, and then get everything in the right place.
From washing windows, to helping figure out which chair or dresser goes where, it was exciting to see Mary not only working hours and hours with Greg, our skilled builder who came up with one idea after another to give our new home a touch of the old and then had the skill to pull it off, but I was moved by some of Mary friends who quietly came alongside and helped. I would not be sitting here in our new home, looking out my west window in my new study at a gorgeous sunset, writing to you without these special sisters in Christ.
Most of all my wife, Mary, who took the lead in countless decisions and kept going and going, constantly reminding me, "Dave, moving is hard. It's going to take you a lot longer than you think to get all those books in your study sorted, given away, or moved. Stay at it!" Thank God for women, especially my wife who lives and breathes perseverance.
Speaking about women. Did you know that Jesus' ministry was dependent upon them. It was paid for and sustained by a group of women Jesus had touched? Don't believe me? Check out another of Luke's summaries about Jesus' itinerant ministry between AD 30 until He was crucified in AD 33.
"Now it happened after these events (the healing of the Centurion's servant, the raising of the widow of Nain's son, the discussion about John the Baptist, and Jesus' anointing in the home of Simon, the Pharisee) that Jesus was traveling from city to village preaching and telling the goodness of God's kingdom. The Twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been cured from evil spirits and illnesses. Mary, the one called Magdalene, for example, had had seven demons cast out of her, and Joanna was the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's household. There was also Susanna, and many others. These are the women who sustained Jesus and His disciples out of their own material means." Luke 8:1-3
I told you Jesus' ministry depended upon the finances and servant skills of women, and He wasn't afraid to include a woman who had been demon possessed or a high society woman whose husband was Herod Antipas' administrator.
Note how Luke balances the contribution of the Twelve Apostles, all men, with all these women who also ministered by Jesus' side. We need to live in this Story so we will live together as brothers and sisters recognizing and praising the gifts the Lord Jesus has given to each of us.
So I begin this week praising my noble wife who is the Proverbs 31 woman and all of my sisters in Christ who not only helped us get moved into our new home before the bulldozer took out our old but who also continue to serve with us in touching lives with the truth through Truth Encounter.
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