"My Daughters, Arise and EMBRACE the Calling On Your Lives!"
March 6, 2018
Mary or Martha
The Lord spoke to me years ago, "Victoria, you can be a Mary or a Martha, but you can't be both." It took me years before I really knew what He meant by that.
Mary and Martha were two sisters who followed Jesus and were discipled by Him. Jesus was obviously very good friends with both sisters, but Mary seemed to respond to the importance of what He was teaching by giving up all other seemingly important activities to learn at His feet. Martha, her sister, reacted differently. She felt that preparing His meal was more important and was upset by Mary's refusal to help her prepare it. Their struggle created an opportunity for Jesus to give them both instruction on what He truly desired from them.
Mary embraced all that Jesus wanted to give her. She put Jesus and the relationship He offered her ahead of the expectations of society. But Martha, her sister, did not. Indeed, Martha was caught up in maintaining her role as the dutiful, ideal Jewish woman. Not only did she feel strongly about her opinion of the proper role of women in the home, but she demanded that Jesus scold Mary for not doing it with her. He refused (Luke 10:38-40).
"'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her'" (Luke 10:41-42 NIV).
What?! Did Jesus just say it was more important to sit at His feet and learn from Him than fulfill the traditional role of a woman? Surely, He misunderstood the rules! No, He was very clear; Mary had chosen to become His disciple - it was her choice. Jesus protected Mary's right to choose!
Women have a choice in how they live their lives. We were created for God's pleasure and it gives Him great pleasure to see us walking with Him through this life, enjoying the giftings He's given us. As women, we represent Him well as we follow the leading of His Spirit.
Honestly, I enjoy housework, but it does not define who I am. It is just something I enjoy, like long walks, devouring history and the Word of God. When God told me I could choose either to be Mary or Martha, He was developing in me the recognition of my right to choose and not letting the ideas and ideologies of others dictate my life. He affirmed to me that it was my choice. I could try and measure up to society's idea of what I'm worth OR I could just enjoy Him and become all He's created me to be.
He wants you to choose! Will you follow Him or mankind? So I say to you, sisters and brothers: You can be Mary or you can be Martha, but you can't be both!
Like me, Jesus amazed another woman in Luke 11:27-28. She received a compelling challenge from Him when she chose to define her worth through the lives of the children she bore, which was traditionally the gauge of a woman's value in society.
A woman in the crowd called out to Jesus, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you" (vs. 27 NIV). But, He answered back, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it" (vs. 28 NIV).
Jesus was, indeed, revolutionizing the way women thought about their lives. Christ challenged women to reconsider who they were and what they were created for.
Surely, Jesus did not think it was a bad thing to be grateful for the children they had been blessed with when he spoke to the woman the way He did. But His response indicates there was more going on with her comment than what we can read simply. He answered her and said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Again, Jesus tried to redefine her worth and give her a choice. Women at that time were told their only value was in having babies, and so women naturally defined their worth by their children. So many women do that still today. That is what Jesus was trying to get her to correct in her vision of herself. He wanted her to value herself, not by her role as a mother or by the greatness of her children, but by living for Him.
Do Not Grieve the Spirit
Women have been in ministry throughout the centuries to whatever degree they were allowed at the time. Especially during times of revival when the Spirit was poured out, women were used to a much greater degree. But, when the revival died down, they were relocated back to the nursery, kitchen and Sunday school classes.
Historically, we have had to ask ourselves, what contributed to the diminishing effects of the Spirit's presence in revival? Was it our insensitive reinstatement of our own ideological, man-made traditional roles in church OR was it the hurtful process of demoting women that grieved Holy Spirit and ended the revivals?
If, in revival, God's Spirit is manifested and subsequently erases the lines of gender and race, how is it we do not understand that those lines are offensive to our Father? When the Spirit comes, He establishes the order according to heaven's standards. Who are we then to change them back to mankind's standards?
Women were designed to bless God in whatever capacity He calls them to. So, truly, the war between the sexes is really a war between heaven and earth. Ask yourself, who would you like to see win this war?
In Scripture, we find women apostles, prophets, teachers, writers, warriors and even a judge. If God ordained women as spiritual leaders in the old testament with the old covenant, how much more would He be pleased by them now ministering within the established new covenant?
I've heard so many women in ministry say things like, "A man was given my anointing first, but he didn't want it, so it fell to me" - that just doesn't make sense! If God wanted a male to have your anointing, He could surely find another man who would take it. God wanted to give the anointing and calling to you because you were His first choice.
Never apologize for your calling. That's like calling God foolish. Of course He knew you were a woman when He called you, and for that reason you are perfect for the anointing He has for you!
As women, I think we tend to apologize for our giftings and callings because we feel the pressure of a society that has yet to embrace the kingdom of heaven's value system. So, we excuse our ministry, apologizing for our gender. Human nature is just crafty and jealous - men and women alike.
As women who represent our Father God, we have to ask ourselves a question: will we bow to the world or to our God? Will we fear more the chastisement of those who feel women should remain what history has claimed them to be, or become what heaven would like them to become?
The Word of God in Luke 11:36 says, "Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you" (NIV). The body of Christ will not shine with the true light of heaven until we are whole and every part of us is lit up and brightly shining as one.
This teaching is taken from Victoria's Book God's Magnum Opus: The Value of a Womanavailable at www.victoriaboyson.com and amazon.
VICTORIA BOYSON is co-pastor of Faith Church Conroe and founder of Victoria Boyson Ministries and Women of Impact Ministries, a ministry dedicated to raising up an army of women who will revolutionize their world and bring in the harvest. She is a passionate speaker, operating in extraordinary authority to awaken the church to their victorious reality. She's been writing for the prophetic ministry the Elijah List since 2004 and before that has worked for Francis Frangipane ministries. Along with her husband, she's worked in pastoral ministry. Through revelations of the Holy Spirit and the Word, Victoria is breaking down strongholds which have kept the church from fully realizing the great commission.
Based out of the Houston, Texas area, she lives with her husband and together they have 4 grown children. Called to awaken and prepare the bride of Christ for the end-time harvest, she hopes to compel His church to embrace a passionate relationship with their heavenly Father. She is the author of REVOLUTION: The White Horse Rider, God's Magnum Opus: The Value of a Women, AWAKENING: The Deep Sleep, His Passionate Pursuit and The Birth of Your Destiny.
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