Monday, July 4, 2016

The Influence of Prominent Women

In Acts 13, the Lord is doing some mighty things in the new church.  Jesus is being preached to the Jews.  Some accept. Some reject.
Acts 49 So the message of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the prominent women, who worshiped God, and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their district.
The phrase "the Jews incited the prominent women" caught my eye. At Shandon Baptist, I've been working with women's ministry coordinating making luopads (missions) and summer bible study.  The focus behind the pads is to let women know that God loves them, and so do we. In the summer bible study, the focus is on enriching the lives of the ladies participating.  In both instances, God cares deeply for women--for them to be drawn closer to Him, loved by Him, and to grow in His grace. I wouldn't call the women I work with "prominent." But who is to say that they aren't prominent in someone's life?  Their families, their work, their church, their community. . . And as a prominent person, they have an influence to be a blessing or a curse (such as the prominent Jewish women mentioned in the verses above.)
It is important to remember that we do have an influence. God does want to love us and use us to spread His love to others. We are to be salt and light to the world--yes, even as women.








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