Inspiration, Encouragement & Instructions
". . . let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
(Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
(Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
This is part 2 in a 2-part series on the Women of Easter.
Today's post is [part 2] of Women of Easter. (There was just so much to share with you on the Women of Easter, I had to keep writing about it.) The thoughts below may make more sense if you read Women of Easter [part 1], first.
Before you start reading, I think it is important for you to know a couple of things me; I think it may help you see what I see and why I use so many words and verses when I KNOW that blogs are supposed to be short and sweet:
You may be asking, why does this matter?
Well, because of these attributes of my design I want desperately to communicate ALL the ways ALL of this is important to your life and how it is ALL connected together and to you and me. Secondly, aiming to being balanced and accurate is hard to do in a world of 30 second videos, Instagram and Twitter character limits and 25 word purpose statements. Especially, when it comes to discussing four different accounts of the same story about one of the most significant events the history of the Church. So, it is hard for me to keep the word count down.
Why would you need to know this?
I tell you this to give you permission to skim and pull from the content what you need(but please, return to your intense focus at the closing). And I also want to challenge you to dig deeper into these insights sometime in your future. Believe it or not this is my “skinny” version. (If you want to see the full, very messy write-up, you can locate it here.)
Now back to the point of you being on this page, and me writing: The Women of Easter, as different as they were [see part 1], had qualities in common that made them available and ready to be a part of the Holy week.
First, they saw what others didn't see.
Second, they didn’t hold back.
Third, they were chosen (to be used to fulfill the purpose of Jesus’ mission to save us all).
Sisters (And brothers, if you are reading too, thanks for doing so!), can you see it?
Do you understand what these women reveal to us when we set their differences and likenesses next to each other and alongside Jesus?
We too are able to see what others don’t see. We too are able to choose not to hold back. We too are chosen to fulfill the purpose of the continued ministry of Jesus--playing our unique part in seeing to it that no one perish, but everyone to come to him (1 Peter 3:9).
These women don’t get a lot of press, and we don’t need a lot of press either. Because what allowed them to be vessels of the greatest story ever told making its way to the ends of the earth is also what equips us to do the same:
These women--loyal, humble, faithful, full of adoration, set on obedience, moved to action--we too are this kind of women!
How do I know this?
Because the same Jesus who was with them, he is with us. The same Jesus they walked with, watched die, and watched rise again, he walks with us. As we experience the joy of things around us thriving and the pain of other things dying, his resurrection power lifts our eyes to His goodness in the midst of it.
Then my friend, you are an Easter Woman. And I am praying that you will always and forever live like you believe this.
GO, live for Jesus in ways that TELL the rest of the world that your life depends on Him. He is worth living and dying for.
Go, be a Woman of Easter, all year long.
Her family and friends know her as, Jaci. She is the wife of a pastor, a mom of four, writing and communications education instructor, a visionary and an avid runner. As a firm believer in the power and effectiveness of the body of Christ united together to live out the Great Commission, she holds fast to this verse, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). Of equal importance to her are these words, "...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).
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