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Graceful Perseverance: Women Called to Serve!

Posted March 1st, 2015 @ 01:03pm

Welcome back, everyone! This week I want to focus on "Women Called to Serve!" and what this means for women and the influence or acceptance it has for men. Cup of coffee

Traditionally, for many generations we've had the expectation that the male goes off to work and brings home the financial means to support his family. It has also been a long- standing stigma that females remain in the home doing the housekeeping chores, cooking in the kitchen, and tending to their children. And then it became common for women to sit behind a desk in a secretary’s chair for eight hours each day to also help support the family unit. It has been or is still somewhat unacceptable for women to serve as Christian leaders, as disciples, martyrs, and pastors in a leadership role, spreading the gospel, sharing the Word during Sunday service.Jesus Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene

 

 

In searching through scripture to find the biblical answer of God's plan for women in this role, I discovered the story of Mary Magdalene, the first female evangelist, according to John 20. The New Testament undeniably states we are all one in Christ, excluding neither male nor female, Jew or Greek, freedom or slavery. It is declared in Galatians 3:28. In Galatians, God promises to pour out His Spirit to all people. "Your sons and daughters will prophesy..." Acts 2:17. Mary Magdelane Washing The Feet Of Jesus Christ

In the beginning of John 20:1-10, Simon Peter and the other disciples returned to Jerusalem after visiting the empty tomb. When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, Christ commanded her, "Do not hold onto me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Why did Jesus command Mary to go to Jerusalem and tell what she had just seen and heard from the Lord? In obedience, Mary went to the disciples with this news - "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that He had said these things to her. John 20:11-18. This account of God's intent in this story is His command that both men and women alike are to fulfill the role of ministry, to go forth as disciples to share the word of the Lord through the deeds He assigns to each man and woman.

The Resurrection of Jesus ChristIt would seem clear then that Jesus could have easily commanded Peter and John to go back to Jerusalem and spread the good news that they saw the Lord. But that wasn't the intent of Jesus' plan. He deliberately revealed himself to Mary Magdalene. He tasked her to make the great announcement of His resurrection, making her the first evangelist female. His deliberate intention has echoed throughout the centuries, even into the 21st Century.

I believe male and female alike are commissioned, chosen to serve Christ Jesus in the chosen ministry according to His plan for our lives. Our individual assigned ministries are unique to each one of us. More and more women today are serving in organized religious groups and churches of all faith, delivering the word through hosted TV shows, mission trips, teen challenge, in support groups or in their day–to-day deeds.

Silhouette of JesusWomen, what does God's commission look like in your life? What does it mean to you to serve the Lord? In what capacity do you see Him using you for His glory? Are you preaching at pulpits around the world, or maybe a member of a prayer group in your local church? Are you the member of a Christian band? Are you actively serving in your church in a capacity to help serve the lost and broken? For the love of Christ, are you in the church choir singing at the top of your lungs? Are you serving in Christian media (radio, talk shows, movies, advertisements)? How are you giving yourself away? How are you serving and helping others? How are you the hands and feet of Jesus, according to His commission for your life?

For me, I know the gifts of talent that God has blessed me with is the means by which God leads me, guides me and shows me what I need to do next in order to fulfill my ministry for His glory. Similar to our biblical role model, Mary Magdalene, I go out into the world understanding full well His commandments for my life. I declare through my testimony His promised word and His glory through my self-published books and motivational/inspirational speaker.

God Bless,

Debra M. Pauli

NIV: John 20: 1-18

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