Women for Jesus
There are so many women, too many to mention ~ who have dedicated their lives to worship, live and serve humanity for God The Father and Jesus. I am only going to mention a few.
Before and in the time of Jesus life – when a woman became a teenager, her father made the arrangements as to who the woman would marry. This was the custom of those times and this is still practised in certain parts of the world today.
MARY – The Mother of Jesus
Mary would be married to a carpenter, Joseph, the son of Heli. From birth, Mary’s role in life was set, for she was born female to a Jewish family. Yet her role in history was to be extraordinary. God chose her to be the mother of Jesus.
When the angel Gabriel came to Mary, she was initially troubled by what the angel’s appearance might mean. The angel reassured her, explaining that she was the one chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’
The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.’
‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said;’ Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:34-38)
Though she knew she was facing shame and humiliation, Mary, in faith, willingly submitted herself to God’s will. She understood that it was possible that Joseph would not marry her. She would be considered damaged goods. Mary acted in great courage and faith.
Though God protected her by showing Joseph in a dream that he should accept her in marriage in spite of her being pregnant, the story of her pregnancy was out. Nevertheless, Joseph faithfully married an already pregnant Mary. A legacy of raised-eyebrow, finger-pointing gossip would follow them and Jesus throughout their lives.
The UNKNOWN Chosen Ladies by the apostle John
Who was this ‘chosen lady’ who merited a letter from the apostle John? Where was she from? What was her role in the ministry? How did she come to faith in Christ? How often we wish the Bible offered more details about individuals and events, and in this letter we are left to wonder about an un-named, unidentified woman and her ‘chosen sister’. Scholars have speculated that these two women were leaders of house chrches and that the children mentioned were their spiritual children – as such they have had an important role in the foundational growth of the early chrch.
In one sense, it is their lack of identity that allows them to better represent the countless ‘chosen ladies’ from around the world who have faithfully served the Lord through the centuries ~ women whose names have been lost in the annals in history.
They were ordinary women whose span of years has ended and whose identities we will never know, however, their ministry lives on through the generations of their spiritual children.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje*, Macedonia, on August 26**, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months’ training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence, and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and financial support was also forthcoming. This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work.
On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, “The Missionaries of Charity”, whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI. Mother Teresa’s work has been recognised and acclaimed throughout the world.
Here are a few quotes from Mother Theresa:
‘If you judge people, you have no time to love them’.
‘People are often unreasonable and self-centred. Forgive them anyway’.
‘If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway’.
‘If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway’.
‘If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway’.
‘The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway’.
‘Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway’.
‘For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.’
Are YOU interested in the Women in and throughout the Bible.
Why don’t you make this a ‘personal task/study’ and discover who ‘The Women for Jesus’ were, throughout the Bible?