Everybody’s scratching and clawing for their place today. The attitude is one of, “I will NOT be marginalized and pushed aside just because I am….” And then one can fill in the blank. Don’t push me aside because I am this color, this gender, this orientation, and on and on.
The world tells women to look at Kamala as an example of power. Look to Cardi B as an example of sexual freedom. Look to Caitlyn Jenner as an example of being who you were meant to be. Look to Planned Parenthood as offering many the way to achieve their dreams. My body…my choice. Sounds so appealing and enticing, this ability to be in charge of myself.
Satan offered all of the above to Eve in the garden, and more, but it ended in horrible tragedy and the life-long battle of sin that we see all around us today.
Jesus says to look to Him. He, and He alone, is the way to real freedom and peace and power. But it’s not freedom and power such as the world gives. Today the way of Jesus is condemned and ridiculed.
Jesus says look to the woman in Luke 7.
Jesus was invited to a Pharisee’s house for a meal. Jesus accepted the invitation. He sat there among the powerful and prestigious of that day, in that town. The meal was a big deal, seen in the fact that the guests were reclining around the table in the way they did in that culture. The setting was open so that bystanders could stand on the perimeter, observing and listening…and in this case, judging.
They were judging Jesus for eating with sinners.
And they were judging the woman who appeared at Jesus’ feet. She was a known sinner in that town. We can only imagine for what sins she was so labeled and demeaned.
In that culture, a woman did not ever do what she did next. She stood behind Jesus, where she poured perfume on his feet. The perfume, mixed with her tears, fell on Jesus’ dirty feet. Then scandalously, she undid her hair and wiped His feet dry with her hair.
Her actions were unheard of in that culture! She was already a castaway, and now she was a total disgrace.
But can you just imagine the strength it took for her to buck every social norm, and to endure the judgment and intense stares of the men around her?
Where did her strength and power come from anyway?
It came from her faith in Jesus, God’s Son. Her strength came from God’s forgiveness of her sins.
Nothing is different today. Our real power and freedom as women comes from the power of being forgiven by God…not forgiven because of anything we have done or achieved, but forgiven by the grace of God.
Jesus told this woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Her faith was demonstrated in her actions of love to Jesus…in her tears…in her bravery to show herself in that setting and worship her Savior.
The world doesn’t define power the way God does. The setting today could easily be the Garden of Eden, and our choice is easily the same as Eve’s. Will we women listen to Satan’s voice, or to God’s? Will we fall for the lies that tell us to “be all we can be” while ignoring God’s words?
Real progress…real peace…real power, come from knowing that we have been forgiven for our sins through the blood of Jesus.
Purposeful repentance and faith in God through His Son, Jesus, is the only way of salvation and the only source of that for which we truly yearn. Don’t fall for Satan’s lies and crumble under this world’s pressures that call for you to set out on a path of sin. Don’t think for a minute that this world’s promises can hold a candle to the promises of God.
Accept true freedom through knowing and following Jesus.
Power AND peace…priceless!