BY PEARL DUA
Greetings, favored woman!
The Lord is with you! Luke 1:28 (NLT)
Mary was going about her normal duties, engaged to be married to Joseph when suddenly her life began to change dramatically. She had found favor with the Lord and had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus, the son of God. How awesome is that? From the beginning of time, God had great plans for women. He created man and woman in His own image and tasked them to be fruitful and multiply and to govern the earth. Women have since played an important role in the world and in the body of Christ. Can you imagine a church without women?
All women are special to God and we all have a role to play.
Mary said “O how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.” Luke 1:47-49.
Why was Mary chosen as a vessel? Was it by her good works? The bible says in Ephesians 2:8-10 says that
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Indeed it is not by our works so we cannot boast.
Every woman can be a vessel for God.
God chose Mary and has also chosen you.
We have been chosen to serve God in many ways. Some have been chosen as teachers, others apostles, prophets, and workers of miracles. Others have the gift of healing and some are able to help others. Some have administrative gifts, and others serve God by cleaning the house of God, by singing, ushering people, as encouragers, counselors and so on. The important thing is that whatever we have been called to do, we do it well.
When God calls you, He will also qualify you. The Holy Spirit is there to guide you all the way. When God gives you an assignment, He will definitely provide the means.
When God called me into the women’s ministry, I didn’t even know God that well. As Mary did, I asked, how shall it be? God provided men and women of God to support me every step of the way. He also provided encouragers.
Looking back now, I realised God had been preparing me long before I gave my life to Him. I had been involved with many circular women’s’ groups in the past and had held leadership positions in these groups. My training ground didn’t start in the House of God but it has come in useful in the House of God. I was not selected because I was righteous. God qualified me and I, therefore, do not take it for granted.
What kind of vessels are we supposed to be?
As much as we will not serve water in a dirty cup, we cannot also continue providing God with a dirty vessel. We cannot continue to offer God, a life filled with iniquity. Since the blood of Jesus has cleansed us, we must endeavor to remain clean.
Colossians 3:12 says that
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
As women, our role is very crucial in the church. When you look at the body of Christ, women are in the majority and the body has to work together to achieve God’s purpose.
Let us play our roles not as unto men but as unto God. Let us encourage each other along the way.