Jesus Was Funded by Women
... who provided for them out of their means.
- Luke 8:3b ESV
Okay, let’s go ahead and set the stage… It was roughly A.D. 60-63. Men and women were not seen as equals in society. Men > Women… Women < Men… Yes - that was the reality of the time. Women did not have the same freedoms and rights that men had.
So for us to read in Luke 8:3 that women were supporting Jesus’ ministry financially, it’s a BIG DEAL. These women had their lives so dramatically changed by Jesus and one of the ways they choose to express their thankfulness for what He had done for them was through support to His ministry.
It is safe to assume the support was given in a variety of areas such as meals and financial support. These women, who were supernaturally healed from demonic possession and illness, were SO convinced in Jesus’ ministry that they stuck with Him. They weren’t just “roadies” but they were active participants in proclaiming Jesus’ message. So in short - they were in it for the long haul. Please know that I am not trying to say that Jesus’ ministry relied solely on the support of these women. He was Jesus… the same Jesus who turned a small amount of fish and loaves into enough to feed 5000. His message would have been spread regardless of the support of these women. But - Jesus being Jesus wanted to give these women a beautiful opportunity to serve Him, which also shows us how deeply Jesus loved women and wanted them in Christ’s family just as much as He wanted men in the family of God.
In Matthew 25:34-40 it says, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
This entire section of Scripture reminds me of the example these women supporting Jesus set for us and that is this: when we practice compassion towards those in need, we are actually serving Christ.
1. In what ways can I serve Christ as these women did?
2. Am I stewarding my “means” in a way that glorifies the Kingdom? If not, what are some ways that I can better steward my means to glorify the Lord?
Lord thank You that You choose to use us. Thank You that Your ministry will be completed and Your gospel shared and that You don't need us for that, but You choose to use us anyway. Father would You lead our hearts and show us how You want us to join You in ministry. Would You prepare us to be the servants You have called us to be. We love You, God. Amen.
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