Women Ministering – Hebrews 10:24 Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the meaning of ‘ministry’ and ‘pastor.’ We looked at some of what the Bible says and spent most of our time looking at what women can do rather than what people may tell them they can’t do. In Part 2, we will look at the most positive thing you can be and do – women of faith helping one another.
My experience As A Woman Of Faith
As part of this, I want to share a little about myself and my experiences with ministering and pastoring in a church setting and outside of one. I’ve been in church ministry and serving on church staff in various positions since I was about 24 – I’m now 70. I’ve done everything from janitor to co-pastoring with my husband in 3 churches. I’ve preached from the pulpit with my husband’s total blessing, taught in home-church settings, in Sunday School, in classes that were attended by women and men, and been a church administrator. I’ve also worked outside the church in jobs where women and men were working for me.
In all of these years, I’ve never viewed myself as taking authority over men. I’ve been submitted to my husband as we fulfilled our God-given roles in life and to church leadership in all that I’ve done. I have not counseled men, except in a marriage counseling arena where my husband or another man was present. I have no desire to exercise authority over men or really over anyone.
I want to share this wonderful book with you. It takes the lives of 8 women ministering – contrasting ladies today with those from long ago. It tells their stories and helps you see what it looks like to be a woman ministering. There are also 8 Scripture Coloring pages you can also download and color. I know you will enjoy and be inspired by their lives, and – it’s free! Just click on the picture and you will be taken to a file you can then download to your computer or just read online.
“Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. And let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us encourage one another with words of hope. Let us do this even more as you see Christ’s return approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NIRV.
Hebrews 10:24-25 sums up my lifelong desire. I want to help others. I want to encourage, I want to build up. And, I want to stir up the faith of other believers. Any authority I have is in Christ and I understand that men and women fulfill different roles as they compliment and strengthen each other. I have gifts that God gave and it is His will for me to use them.
I’ve also experienced the attitude some men hold toward women, including women of faith – as if we were inferior or second-best. I don’t see that in the Bible, nor do I see any justification for men to feel that they are in authority over all women. I’ve heard the argument that Eve was the one who was deceived and so this means she is weak. When Eve was deceived and sinned, Adam was right there with her and he never intervened or spoke up or tried in any way to stop her. Instead, he just ate and sinned right along with her, showing his own weakness. The punishment for both was severe.
Yes, woman was created for man but that doesn’t mean she was an afterthought. I often hear the Genesis story of creation recited as if God was somehow shocked that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone and that it had never occurred to the Omnipotent (all-powerful), Omnipresent (everywhere present), Omniscient (all knowing) God, that Adam might need a companion other than the animals! In fact, rather than Eve being an afterthought, it could be that she was actually the icing on the cake – God saved the best for last!
Actually, I believe that God knew and allowed Adam to discover for himself that he needed a human companion. To indicate otherwise is to infer that God was caught off guard by the whole incident which goes against the balance of the Word which says that God knows the beginning from the end.
We humans were created to need God and to need each other. Not just men needing women or women needing men, but humans needing humans. We are not meant to function and live in isolation. Don’t you think God could have created Adam without that need? Of course, the answer is yes. He can do anything and everything. But, He didn’t because we were made to fulfill each other. We were created because of His desire to share His life and love with others and, being in His image, we have the same need.
In addition, the marriage relationship was a forerunner pointing to Christ and His bride. However, some of mankind decided that women were inferior. That isn’t God’s view, but it is how women have been treated for the majority of history. In creation, we’re equal and in Christ we’re equal with different roles to fill here on earth – complementary yet equal roles. Salvation brought full and equal redemption and restoration from the effects of sin for man and woman.
Fulfilling Your Calling
So, when I’ve taught during a church service, I’ve never ever viewed myself as doing anything other than fulfilling God’s call on my life and building up the body of Christ. I’m not looking for a title or for a position – just the freedom to be respected in the calling God has placed within me as a woman of faith. And, guess what – I can do that in a multitude of ways and so can you!
There are millions of women functioning as women of faith all over the world. They are ministers and pastors without titles. Thousands of others do have titles and positions within churches. I will list a couple but cannot begin to name all the wonderful women of faith who are simply servants spreading the good news of Jesus wherever there’s an open door by simply helping one another.
Honoring God Right Where You Are
“If you are a woman of God who honors God right where you are, you are in ministry.” Lysa TerKeurst
I love this quote from Lysa TerKeurst. She is a well-known speaker and author and the founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries. When I saw this quote, I was excited because it breaks through all the arguments and negative rhetoric about women in ministry. You are free to form your own opinions on women’s roles in church but don’t waste time and worry on the negative. Instead, focus on what God wants you to do right now, right where you are, with what you have at this moment.
Another example of a woman in ministry is Beth Moore. She too is a renowned speaker and author and a woman of faith helping others and, she is a regular person like you and I with challenges and hardships to overcome. Women of faith helping one another and helping the body of Christ are an unstoppable and world-changing force and they always have been.
I’m not renowned or famous in any way. I’m a simple woman living in a small town using the avenue of the internet and writing to help others. I serve on my Church Board in a church I love. I’m a woman of faith helping others to help one another. I don’t think there is a higher calling. I’m part of a large group of women of faith who blog about faith, Jesus and love – putting more of Jesus on the internet. We have a worldwide audience!
These blogs aren’t just about what someone had for breakfast or their bad hair day, though there is nothing wrong with that. This group of female Christian bloggers covers subjects like child abuse, sexual abuse, infidelity, and more familiar subjects like love, marriage, overcoming and a thousand different topics all relating to our lives as Christians trying to be all God called us to be, They are successful authors, wives, mothers, women of faith, and just people – like me. They write about hardships they’ve endured and their goal is to be women of faith helping one another.
In fact, helping one another is their primary goal. They support each other and help each other, forming an invisible army of women who are all busy sharing the good news of Jesus. They write Bible Studies, Books, Children’s Books, stories and so much more. They have no real title but they reach millions of people around the world every single day! Women of faith helping one another.
Helping one another is what all people should do. Jesus, our perfect example, was the servant of all. He sought no title. He was ridiculed and belittled, yet He never stopped serving or helping and neither should we. He raised up many women of faith as His followers and He treated them with dignity and respect.
Why Does Helping One Another Matter?
“You know how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus went around doing good. He healed all who were under the devil’s power. God was with him.” Acts 10:38 NIRV
If you’re a believer, then you should help others because the Word instructs us to. Jesus went around doing good. What a wonderful and simple statement. Can you imagine what the world would look like if that’s what everyone did? Because of sin in the world, that day hasn’t come for everyone. But – it has for you and I! We have the chance everyday to help someone. As women faith, it is our privilege and responsibility to do so.
What Does the Bible Say About Helping Others?
“Love empowers us to fulfill the law of the Anointed One as we carry each other’s troubles.” Galatians 6:2 TPT
“Don’t forget to do good. Don’t forget to share with others. God is pleased with those kinds of offerings.” Hebrews 13:16 NIRV
“Here is my command. Love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 15:12 NIRV
“Anyone who is kind to poor people lends to the Lord. God will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs 19:17 NIRV
“None of you should look out just for your own good. Each of you should also look out for the good of others.” Philippians 2:4 NIRV
“In everything I did, I showed you that we must work hard and help the weak. We must remember the words of the Lord Jesus. He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”” Acts 20:35 NIRV
“Here are the beliefs and way of life that God our Father accepts as pure and without fault. When widows are in trouble, take care of them. Do the same for children who have no parents. And don’t let the world make you impure.” James 1:27 NIRV
“Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIRV
“So encourage one another with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that’s what you are doing. Brothers and sisters, we ask you to accept the godly leaders who work hard among you. They care for you in the Lord. They correct you. Have a lot of respect for them. Love them because of what they do. Live in peace with one another. Brothers and sisters, we are asking you to warn certain people. These people don’t want to work. Instead, they make trouble. We are also asking you to encourage those who have lost hope. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 NIRV
“Most of all, love one another deeply. Love erases many sins by forgiving them. Welcome others into your homes without complaining. God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. If anyone speaks, they should do it as one speaking God’s words. If anyone serves, they should do it with the strength God provides. Then in all things God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Glory and power belong to him for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:8-11 NIRV
“Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” Romans 12:10 NIRV
This is what it looks like to be women of faith helping one another. This is what it looks like to be a minister or to pastor others. Why have you received a gift from God? To serve others – that’s the definition of ministry. Women of faith are ministers of reconciliation and pastors of hope.
Women Of Faith
Women of faith fill the Bible with their goodness and devotion to God. Today, they also fill homes, businesses, hospitals, churches, streets, missions, foreign countries, and every place on earth you can think of. A woman of faith is not a superhero and most live their lives in relative anonymity but this doesn’t diminish the importance of their work. You don’t have to be pretty, thin, married, eloquent, a bible scholar, or perfect to be a woman of faith. There is only one pre-qualification – love Jesus with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Women of faith know that it is the inward qualities of peace and faith that matter most and that never die.
Faith doesn’t know gender or race. It doesn’t care about educational level. In Christ, we are all equal. Yes, we have different roles to fulfill but, we are all needed and important. The gifts of God are given freely by the Holy Spirit to all who believe.
“There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers by the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord. There are different ways the Spirit works. But the same God is working in all these ways and in all people.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIRV
Use Your Gifts to Help Others
Take note of who the Holy Spirit gives His gifts to – believers. Not just to women, not just to men, not just to those who are good enough. Believers. That includes all women of faith. That’s it – no if, but, when, or other condition. God’s love is not conditional, neither are the gifts the Holy Spirit gives. You have a gift – maybe more than one! Why do you have it? To serve others. Remember 1 Peter 4:10 NIRV, “God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully.”
Each person has a gift. You are to use that gift to serve others and do it faithfully – in a loyal manner; in a manner that is true to the facts or the original. You don’t have to wait for anything to happen or change. If you have a gift of mercy, you can start using it right now by praying for others; by showing kindness toward someone who hasn’t known mercy. Start at home – sometimes that’s the hardest spot.
I once heard a saying in regard to exercising your gifts and ministry – if you can’t make it work at home, don’t export it. Our most important trying ground is at home. Can you use your gift on those closest to you? Does your faith stand in the midst of family trials and hardships? Keep practicing there and then, when you are called upon to show mercy elsewhere, it will come naturally. Greatness seldom comes on the first day!
Women of Faith Helping One Another
Be encouraged! As a woman of faith, my greatest desire is to inspire other women of faith to be the person God intends for them to be; to see women set free from judgment and shame; to see each one blossom, together forming an army of faith. We can do that by helping one another, by helping everyone we can as God brings them our way. Women of faith are servants of the Most High God. At the same time, we are His children, joint-heirs with Jesus in the eternal kingdom of God the Father Almighty! What an incredible opportunity women of faith have in this life!
If you have questions, needs, thoughts or comments, please email me. I would love to hear from you. I pray that your faith is increased and that you’re inspired to flourish in life and ministry.
**WM uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.
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