Jesus was always saying strange things like the last shall be first, love the least of these, and take the seat at the table no one wants to sit at.
I think it is human nature to want a seat at the “cool table;” to want to be invited to the home of the wealthy, to ride shotgun, to be considered important.
Yet, if Jesus had a party, he would invite those whom society calls losers, rejects, and weirdoes.
Jesus Christ was the first feminist. No, not the man-bashing, pro-choice kind of feminist; but rather, the kind of feminist who respected women as equals in a society that saw women as less than human.
Jesus had zero concern for what others thought of him. He talked to outcasts and treated them as friends. Jesus baffled the religious–they could not deny his power, intelligence, and ability to draw a crowd.
I imagine that even the lame found a way to walk to Jesus, the blind found a way to see him, and the mute found a way to call out His name. The sinner woman, whom the community looked down upon, found courage for a new life when Jesus came to town (John 4).
Outcasts knew they needed a Savior. He loved them no matter what. He didn’t discriminate because of skin color, gender, nationality, social status, or even spiritual maturity. He simply saw who needed him, and poured out his life for each one.
Some abandoned Jesus when he hung on the cross. Scripture commemorates four women who stood by him in his darkest hours. Jesus’ mother, his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene (John 19:25) stayed close to the cross. They stayed because he embodied God’s unconditional love.
Women who know divine love are afraid of nothing.
Society often tells us we are unlovable, dear sisters. Most don’t say it in so many words. Some treat us as if we are not good enough.
Some will say we are too crazy, too fat, too ugly, too talkative, too loud, too intelligent, or too strong. Some will allow us to sit in the pews, teach the children, and serve the coffee, but not to sit at the table where all the decisions are made, or to preach in the pulpit.
Throughout history, women have contributed to church, home, and society anyway. Many have taken lower positions and found ways of getting things done, even from the backseat.
Let’s remember the Proverbs 31 woman and laugh without fear of the future.
The day is coming when the last will be first. When the least of these will be recognized. When Jesus raises us to our proper place–as sisters who oversee the world beside brothers bringing glory to God.
Jory Micah was born and raised just outside Pittsburgh, PA where she currently resides with her husband and pet Chihuahua. She began her theological journey at Christ for the Nations Bible Institute and completed her BS in Church Ministries at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. From there, Jory attended seminary at Regent University where she earned her MA in Christian Doctrine and History. She wrote her Master’s Thesis on Women in Ministry during the first and second centuries of the church using the Bible as her primary source. Jory is a girly-girl who most enjoys time with her family and friends, laying on the beach, skiing in the mountains, reading good books, eating good food, chatting on social media, and setting ideas on fire at www.jorymicah.com and watching them spread across the globe! Jory can be found @jorymicah on Twitter & Instagram and on Facebook at Jory Micah Ministries.