Daily Devotional for Sunday February 9, 2003
The Importance of Women
The importance of women. All throughout the Bible, women have played an incredible role in the plan of God. We see women being used by God in amazing ways, helping to fulfill His divine plan. My purpose here is not to debate the proper role a woman is to play, or try to define what women should and should not do. I simply want to magnify the powerful way God has used women, and exhort women to never underestimate the potential they have for serving our Lord. I also want to encourage men to support women in recognition of the special gifts they have to offer. Women have always played a key role in God's plan and I want to make sure that we never lose sight of how important they are in the Kingdom.
Women, the word for you today is quit holding back. It has been very easy for women to take a lesser role and stay in the background of spiritual things. Tradition and society has actually encouraged that. I am a firm believer in the Biblical roles of men and women, which means that women have an incredible role to play and sometimes have backed off serving the Lord because of how it might be viewed. While the Bible teaches men and women have separate roles, it also clearly teaches they are 100% EQUAL!!! All throughout the Bible and history, women have been a key part in every aspect of God's work.
It is time to stand up and be counted ladies. It is time to quit sitting back and start being more aggressive in finding ways to serve. God is speaking to you today to be the woman of God He has raised you up to be. He has given you special gifts and expects you to use them. His admonition for not wasting talents applies to women as well as men. It is time to start using those gifts because ultimately, the only one that you have to please is God. God loves you and God wants to use you. Make Him proud by being the woman of God He has raised you up to be.
I love you so much. I am praying for you men to encourage the women in your life and support them as they serve God. I am praying that you women will really open your heart today and be motivated to serve the Lord with all of your heart and talents. God has blessings beyond anything that you can imagine as you are obedient and faithful to His call on your life. This is a wake-up call and challenge to boldly move forward in that calling, knowing He is with you every step of the way. As the entire Body of Christ (men and women working together with their God-given abilities) begins to take serious the calling God has on their lives, we will see many lives changed and souls come to know Jesus as their Savior. In these last days, God needs all of his children, working diligently and without compromise as the last harvests are made. I believe Jesus is coming soon, and all of God's people, men and women must be working hard. Don't let anything stand in your way today of your service to Him!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller