Devotional for today- Up with Women
Regardless of your position on women’s ordination, it is clear from scripture that all of us have a part to contribute. Today’s passage addresses our service to Jesus.
1. Deliverance precedes discipleship. 8:2 “along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases.” The fact that Jesus took women with Him as part of his team was in itself a revolutionary act. Women were second class citizens, yet Jesus took the time to heal, deliver, call and speak to them. When delivered, they did what disciples do. They follow the master. It’s a natural response to follow Jesus, when we know where we came from, and what he did for us. Deliverance precedes discipleship.
2. Deliverance and healing brings unity- 8:2 along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; 3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others…” Just like Jesus’ disciples, the women that followed Jesus came from different backgrounds and life experiences. You have an ex-prostitute and a high society wife. Different backgrounds, same mission. Society’s caste system is replaced by a common goal. Cattiness (BTW, men can be like that too) gave way to unity. Deliverance precedes unity.
3. Deliverance and healing brings giving. 8:3 “Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.” My friend Dr. Byrd likes to say: Grace is free, but ministry takes money. These women were able to produce resources, and give out financial support. It has been my experience in 20 years as a pastor, to see great sacrificial giving by women everywhere. When we are delivered, it’s not just our spirituality that gets delivered, it’s our wallet too. Deliverance precedes giving.
Conclusion- Have you been delivered? Follow. Unite. Give. In ministry, no one is “excluded, excused” (esther knott)
Prayer- how can I pray for you today? Let me know.