Summary: Jesus transforms broken women into women of excellence who are deserving of honor and respect.
Excellence, Honor, Respect
By Rick Gillespie- Mobley
Today is Mother’s Day which is a time in which we say thank you to all the mothers and special women in our lives who have made us better than what we were. God chose to send every
one of us into this world through a mother.
We came into this world already owing a debt to someone who paid a sacrifice for us to be born. Then God placed little girls, young ladies, and women in our lives who touched us in very special ways and to them all we can say thank you. If you’ve been blessed by at least one woman, say amen. If you’ve been blessed by two or more shout Hallelujah.
Everything in the world that was created was created through Jesus Christ. Everything is held together in the universe by the power of Christ. All things have been created through him and for him.
When Jesus Christ created women, Christ did so with a plan of excellence, honor and respect in mind. I want every woman and every girl in here to say. “I am a work of excellence. I deserve honor and respect, because that’s what Christ intended for me.”
One of the great tragedies in the world today, has been the failure of the world to recognize that when Christ created the woman, God was creating excellence as a gift to the rest of all creation to be treated with honor and respect
If we look at Jesus in his relationship to women, we find someone who empowered women for excellence and crowned them with honor in the eyes of Scripture. Jesus took a woman whose husband had died and she herself was in utter poverty to teach us about the excellence of a giving heart. This lady came to the temple and put in two very small copper coins, the smallest coin unit you could give.
He told his disciples, while the others gave out of their wealth, she gave all that she had to live on. He honored her with the title, “the most awesome giver of the day” that we might respect her.
Again we find Jesus engaging in a conversation with a Samaritan woman of a different, race, different religion, and different moral lifestyle. She had been through 5 husbands and now was shacking up with a man just living together. And yet, Jesus empowered her to demonstrate to us about the excellence of a heart to win others for Christ.
After one encounter with Christ, she went back to her town and started a revival by telling people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” He honored her with a place in history as, the first evangelist to reach those who were not Jews. She was the first to make it known that God’s plan for salvation would include the whole world. We respect her for her boldness in Christ.
Jesus goes through his ministry transforming hurting women into women of excellence, honor, and worthy of respect. Let the Scriptures introduce you to the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years or to former prostitute who wiped and bathed his feet with her hair and expensive perfume. Both were turned into women of excellence one being crowned the daughter of Abraham and the other the model of repentance and humility. We respect them both for their faith in Jesus.
Then there was his own mother Mary, who taught us what it means to undergo excellence by suffering to do the will of God. Mary was not only there for his birth, and his life but also she watched her son unjustly hung from a cross and a spear pierced through his side for the sins of others, namely our own.
She was given the honor of being the mother of the savior of the world. Even today we respect her decision to yield her will to the will of God.
We can’t forget Mary Magdalene, the woman who had been demon possessed indicating she had a severe physical or spiritual illness before meeting Jesus but was transformed into a woman of excellence as she followed Jesus.
She was there for the ministry life, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. She was given the honor of announcing to the disciples know that Jesus was alive. We respect her as the woman who let the world know, “He Is Risen!”
When Jesus looked at women, he always saw the opportunity for excellence, honor and respect to come forward because remember the word of God tells us that we were created through Him and for Him.
Yet we live in a world that has failed to see women as Jesus does. Far too often we have hijacked girls and women for own purposes, failed to realize their true value, and injured them in ways that have left them feeling stepped upon, wounded, abandoned and torn in various pieces.