I don’t know any other way to begin this, my sister friend, than by affirming that the world needs you to show up in the fullness of what you have to offer. It needs your strength, gifts, compassion, action, leadership, prayers, humility and vulnerability. My heart is so burdened this week by God’s love for His precious daughters and His desire for them to know how much He loves them and has included them in His plan for salvation. That includes you!!!
Beloved, denying your gifts and passions is not what “die to self” means in Scripture. There’s a BIG difference between dying to self-will and to sin and dying to the self God created you to be and what he’s calling you to do to advance His kingdom here on earth.
Think of Jesus and his regard for women. How he constantly broke through social barriers. I think of Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Jesus and his disciples came to a village and Martha opened her home up to them but her sister Mary sat at his feet listening to what he had to say. Martha gets upset yet Jesus praises Mary for choosing what was better.
So often we stop there and often look at this passage as a domesticated way but when we take a closer look at this passage in regard to the culture of the time, it tells a different story. In ancient times women didn’t typically own property nor were they allowed to learn so closely from rabbis. A place at the feet of a rabbi would typically be reserved for men yet when Mary sat at the feet of Jesus her praised her.
There are so many other examples of women in the early church who labored for Christ; especially alongside Paul. Women like Priscilla, Junia, Phoebe, Persis, Trophena, Tryphosa, Euodia and Syntyche as found in Romans 16.
Let’s not also forget about women from the Old Testament like Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Hannah and Abigail who God used in specific and unique ways.
Sister friend, I want to encourage you to not play small or shrink back; that you’d be able to break through any fear that is keeping you from living out the adventure God has for you to be the kind of difference-maker he intends you to be!