Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Empowering Women....

Women are not equally represented in leadership and managerial roles in organizations around the world, especially in churches and other companies that depend so much upon their financial support, not to mention their spiritual and physical contributions.

Jesus felt differently. His first appearance after his death and resurrection was to a woman, whose mission it was to go and convince more doubtful men. One man was so skeptical that he actually had to plunge his fingers in Jesus' wounds before he would believe. God spoke first to Mary about the birth of Christ before He spoke to Joseph. So, in the beginning of the New Testament gospel, God gave some primary leadership roles to women. It was women who supported Jesus and His staff financially while they were on their mission; and it was Mary Magdalene and Martha who were the first to recognize the miracle of the resurrection when it happened. Although Jesus spent many hours walking on the road to Emmaus with his male disciples after his resurrection, they did not recognize him. Mary, however, recognized him almost instantly.

Consider this - Women currently own or operate 55% of the new businesses starting up today. Women ultimately control men's wealth because they outlive men. Women's ideas and methods are causing revolutions in countries, in companies, in churches, and in a variety of professions.

Men who fail to acknowledge and enlist feminine energy suffer for their arrogance. Pontius Pilate's wife, for example, tried to warn him not to be involved in the trial of Jesus. "I have a dream about him" she said. Pilate ignored her and signed Jesus' death warrant, as well as his own unenviable place in history.

Jesus said to both men and women, "The kingdom of God is within you." He delegated equally to anyone who asked.

"There is neither . . . male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28)

Jesus empowered women - so does Pace Community Church.