Today is Sunday across the earth. The day most traditionally known for the gathering of the saints. And here we are still in lockdown in our part of the world!
Let me speak to the Christ-following woman today. I am going to be honest. It's been a really different experience pastoring here in Quebec. I have seen people open to Jesus but super anti-church. They are also anti-leadership. Sceptical about trusting. Reluctant to commit. Cynical about giving. And certainly not in love with the idea that the local church is the cause to which Christ came to birth and will return for.
I looked back over my life and looked again at the ‘daughters of Z’ and found a common thread that may just be a key to accessing promises, legacy and breakthrough.
The daughters of Z held such a deep respect for the way God had ordained His laws, the leadership over the people and the way the people of God gathered. Although they changed the course of history with their boldness, gained an inheritance and liberated women through the law from that day forth.. they did it all within the God-given institutions there already.
I too have realised that, amongst all the desperate need across the earth, the causes that pull on my heart and the desire to really make a difference… there is still nothing Jesus has asked clearer of us than to love what He loved and gave His life for.... the Church, the living, breathing, Body of Christ, upon the earth!
I watch too many people think every other cause is more important and women give their maternal heart away to everything else more exciting or more urgent. Or live in the deep hurt they have experienced and refuse to heal enough to trust again.
Can I encourage you to use your maternal heart first and foremost to make the House of God a HOME and your very first ‘cause passion’. It may not look as sexy but it is what Jesus is returning for.
The Church is His BRIDE .. and we can love her, His imperfect Church, like Jesus does. In fact He sees Her (the Church) without spot or blemish.
Don’t make every other cause more important than seeing your local church flourish. When you have been hurt by people in the church, can you please forgive. When the church is imperfect can you please not talk about Christ’s bride in a way that would hurt His heart. Can you lean back in again if you have withdrawn? Can you heal when there has been trauma? Can you trust again?
I believe true influence lies in loving what Jesus loves and gave His life for and I will forever be committed to leading a movement of women who love Her (the Church) too! And if I can say it again, if that means healing .. get help to heal. I understand the dynamics of trusting again. And often it is a choice.
There is such beautiful story in your loving Jesus & His Church. Find yourself in a life-giving community and dig deep roots. This is where promise and future can best be contended for.