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Generosity of Spirit is the focus for this month, and I love the beauty of this unveiled to us in Luke 8. Imagine with me such a moment when the Son of God, Who created the world and all that is within it, reaches out His hand to receive provisions from the hearts of humble women. Can you see Him – hungry, tired, and worn down? He could have called out to heaven and received abundance in an instant; but He chose the gifts before Him. These were gifts of encouragement, of faith, of believing in Him; and those mattered.
…He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene…and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
What an unlikely sisterhood this was! A woman who lived a crazed, impoverished life as a prisoner of demons and another who lived in the luxury of Herod’s palace. Together they walked hand in hand across the fields and hillsides with the fierce bond of gratitude to the Savior Who healed them both.
There is so much personal, free-flowing generosity pictured in these words. Mary Magdelene had little money to give to the cause of bringing glad tidings, but she wholeheartedly gave her new life to following Jesus. Joanna lived in luxury, but risked reputation and social standing to be in the company of the much talked about Mary Magdelene and the traveling carpenter from Nazareth. For them it was more than a gift from the pantry versus a gift from the palace; both gave freely of their substance.
These fascinating women stepped outside of the culture norm and walked boldly into adventure. They are heroines who will forever go down in history as the women who provided the needs of the Lord Jesus, the Son of God. We are all called to do the same. Could any purpose on earth be more wonderful!
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” (Matthew 25:37-40)
Beginning September 25th, She Loves Out Loud Facebook Group will gather the women to feed children and families in Jesus’ name with the Journey to One Million Meals. Every $1 provides a meal. Just 100 pennies! Will you Love Out Loud with us?
Our gifts may be small compared to others; but we are confident that the Lord delights in receiving gratitude; and that we have plenty to give.
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