Close your eyes. Think of one woman whose story has impacted your walk with Christ. One woman whose unabandoned worship in the darkest season of her life renewed your strength. Can you see her? Her face is crisp in your memory because what God transformed in her impacted you. I have a few such women in mind, and I believe it’s no coincidence that this is what God has placed on my heart to write when this year has brought the loss of some powerhouse women in my life.
We read through stories in Scripture about women who were changed because of Christ – changed by His Life, death, and resurrection. These were women who tasted the sweetness of redemption directly from heaven.
Sometimes we detach ourselves from scriptural characters because, well, they are words on a page. They are not flesh and blood we can touch, or carry on a conversation with. We can’t hear the emotions in their voices or see the tears in their eyes, but we can feel the grip of grace on their lives. We can recognize their redemption from the words on the page.
We also have an opportunity to see that the women we interact with everyday have a story too.
And so do you.
Each Christmas season feels busier than the last and each attempt to slow down fails miserably. Before we can blink, the season is behind us and we wonder what we really missed. Did we stop in the small moments and truly listen to those around us? Did we pause and recall the glorious reason for the birth of Christ? Did we take a moment to praise the Father for sending His Son to redeem us?
Scripture teaches us who God is as He reveals the truth of His character to us through its sacred pages. He unfolds beautiful stories of compassion, redemption and forgiveness. Why? For us to witness the great love of our Father.
Most of the women of Scripture were not directly involved in the birth of Christ but their lives were no less changed because He came. Their stories teach us that Christmas is far beyond a baby in the manger, a virgin girl given the sacred task of carrying Jesus or shepherds and wise men. It is a cross, a resurrection and our perfect and holy redemption.
Don’t waste another season longing for more while letting ‘busy’ rob you of worship, family, God’s Word, and the Truth. Share your story of redeeming love and blessed hope. Let’s take a cue from the women of Scripture and let our light so shine before men (Matthew 5:16). Let us ever be reminded that Jesus came with the purpose of saving you and me. He came to this earth with us in mind. The precious young girl that carried redemption within her womb wasn’t the only one that is a part of this Christmas story. So are we.
Mary was just one of many women whose lives would never be the same because our Deliverer was delivered into the world. Women plagued with sickness, sin, and demons were forgiven and healed by the hand of Jesus. Without the birth of Christ their lives would have remained unchanged.
Mary, who carried our Savior, needed a Redeemer.
Elisabeth, who carried the one who would proclaim the way, needed a Rescuer.
The woman at the well, whose life was overcome with shame, needed a Life-changer.
Mary Magdalene, who was filled with demons needed a Healer.
The adulterous woman, who was sentenced to death, needed a Deliverer.
Even Eve needed Jesus to right every wrong.
Each of these women proclaim this truth – God’s power doesn’t waiver or change. He is still rescuing, redeeming, and restoring today. If He can change their lives, He can change yours too.
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