Woman, you are loved. You are loved more than anyone could possible love you on this earth. You have a wonderful plan and purpose set before you. I can not stress enough how much the Lord God adores you and has prepared you for this time. I can not emphasis enough you are precious in His sight, cherished as His daughter and were formed in the womb by His very hands. You have special gifts and talents bestowed upon you by God. My prayer is for my sisters in Christ to know their calling, to know their gifts and purpose, but use them for God’s glory, giving the church your hands and feet.
There are women mentioned in the Scriptures as those who gave Jesus all they had, “And also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had been expelled; And Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager; and Susanna; and many others, who ministered to and provided for him and them out of their property and personal belongings.” (Luke 8:2-3)
There are women who are good at serving; there are those who are granted the gift of knowledge for excellent teachers. We have sisters in the church who are gifted with children, prayer and gentle hearts for play. We have women whose voices could bring a tear to the eye of all of us as she sings with the voice of an angel. There are women in the church who can feed an army, where the congregation could wait days for their gift of cooking. There are serving hands and feet on the mission field, in the work place, in the prayer closet and in the hospitals. Are you using your gifts and talents to give Christ all you have?
I believe the mission field can be in our own back yard, next door, down the street or where ever God wants it to be. A few miles from our house, I have taken my children to a nursing home where they have been accepted with open arms. These “grandparents” love the children, look for them each week and ask how they are. We’ve given school pictures, crafts, and our hearts to them every week. It is such a blessing.
There was one, young woman who lived there with a brain disease, but has since passed on to be with the Lord. At times she was not coherent, but at other times she knew exactly who we were. She was unable to move; unable to speak. My prayer for her had always been that one day in Heaven, I would see this beautiful woman dance, sing, and rejoice to the Lord. When my little Matthew was five years old, he liked to play “pee a boo” with her. This young woman, whom was unable to speak or move, watched with eyes and wonder at my little Matthew as he played, danced and gently touched her hand. She laughed. Her room mate looked at me and said, “I have never heard her laugh.”
What a cherished moment that was. I believed God used her as an example for others to prayerfully thank God for their abilities to move around and think, but also to remind us of serving with a loving heart. The good doctor Luke writes in the book of Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good and healing all those who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.” What are you anointed for?
There are Biblical accounts of women whom God used to advance His kingdom. Anna fasted and prayed in the church, Priscilla spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Mary and Martha opened their house for Bible studies expressing the gift of hospitality, widows and women gave their money to God’s Temple. The women who followed Jesus gave to Him food, lodging, caring for his every need, never thinking of their own possessions as they shared what they could do for Christ.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27). “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve, if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, let him encourage, if it contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8)
“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14) We are called not only to serve with our hands and feet, but with our hearts. With pure motives and a sincere heart, we are to love the ones who are in need. If you know of a need, do not neglect to supply what you have or pass the need on to someone. If you are able to care, love, encourage, inspire, give, help or instruct, then do it with all of your heart.
As examples of Christ, ambassadors in chains, we are to be a living, breathing epistles to the world. I am aware the church has its own challenges, divisions, lukewarmness and idleness. But, I remember the words of Christ to Peter when asked what would happen to “the disciple Jesus loves” regarding the death Jesus portrayed to Peter, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (John 21:22). You follow Christ. Pick up your own cross, think and obediently do the things Jesus has asked you to do with a willing heart and spirit. Do not try to imitate what another believer does, it may not be your calling. Do not worry about how much time is spend spreading the Gospel or another Christian’s lackaday attitude, you follow Christ. Do not worry how much another woman gives; you give what God tells you to give. Do not worry about another’s lack of study or worship, you worship, study and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. We are all in different seasons and times in our lives; different trials, testing and triumphs. Do not compare your purpose, plan and testimony to another. The plan is there; your purpose and talents are needed in the body of Christ. Give what you have to the Lord with a joyful spirit, a thankful heart and watch how the Lord is blessed through your giving.