My friends and I recently started a ministry for women at our church – a dream nearly two years in the making. And if those years taught me anything, it’s that God often uses a community of women to draw out the God-breathed song in our hearts.
Women have always been in the business of quietly following the dangerous, table-turning ways of Jesus. And 99% of the time, our actions are mustard seeds which, when seen together, form a holy tapestry which looks curiously like the Kingdom of God.
In days of old it was Miriam, defying Pharaoh by sending her baby brother into the reeds in the hope of saving his life. It was Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, willing to risk her father’s wrath, enabling the life of a boy who would go on to advocate for the freedom of God’s people.
It was Elizabeth, compassionate and sensitive to the Spirit who whispered, ‘You can do this!’ in Mary’s darkest hours, enabling her cousin to keep saying yes to carrying and birthing the Messiah.
The world is full enough of messaging telling us that if you can’t go big – if you can’t be a Moses, a Mary or a Paul – don’t bother.
But instead, what if we were people who follow the wisdom of my friends who birthed the women’s ministry with me? Of Miriam, of Bithiah, of Elizabeth?
Because you see, here’s the secret, none of us is the main character. Moses or Miriam, Mary or Elizabeth, none of us is it. As followers of the living Christ, we follow a God who was, who is, who will be the Main Character. Everything we do is an act of enabling which allows the story of God to unfold in our world. Our calling is to faithfully enable the coming of the Kingdom – over and over.
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