A Woman's Work
“Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head. The disciples were indignant when they saw this. ‘What a waste!’ they said. ‘It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.’ But Jesus, aware of this, replied, ‘Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me. She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.’” – Matthew 26:6-13
As a woman studying and preparing to be an ordained and licensed minister, I realize that I will encounter many closed doors and latent discrimination because of my sex as a female. It subconsciously played a part in my own psyche as I struggled to accept that God called me to preach and teach His word. Not that I felt inadequate due to my sex, but I did wonder how I could fit in to a world dominated by men with the mindset that women are to be seen and not heard with respects to religion and maintain my outspoken personality and identity in Christ. It has been a journey.
Yet this week as I prepared to write this devotion that is of special significance to me (it’s our 4 year anniversary! Yay!), I kept reading scripture that highlighted the role women played in biblical times and more importantly in the story of faith. God began to speak to my heart and my spirit about a woman’s work. About my work. And He lead me to the unnamed woman in scripture who anointed CHRIST and who, in turn, Christ praised because of her work, service, and acknowledgement of His Lordship. And although she remains unnamed in this gospel account (John in the only gospel that names her as Mary, but doesn’t clarify further) and many scholars have written about her, her identity, and even her perceived sin – it is the fact that she did what those who walked with Jesus every day failed to do or recognize needed to be done. She anointed and praised Him; she humbled herself before Him; and she submitted to Him fully, without reservation or shame. How many of us can say the same? Yet she wasn’t a man to do this; she was a woman. A valued woman who did a woman’s work.
The work of a woman is not only integral to the church and the body of Christ, it’s integral to the family unit, the workplace, in places of global leadership and beyond. I fully believe in gender roles and acknowledge the difference between a man and woman, but I also believe there is no superiority between the sexes. But that is my belief… But the Bible records this unnamed woman and places her in the records of history for what she, and only she, dared to do. Kneel before and anoint Her Lord with all she had. That was a woman’s work.
However the Lord has called you, male or female, answer His call in spite of what naysayers and critics say. However the Lord inspires you to worship and praise Him, do so. Your voice and your service for the kingdom are needed, and the one who is Lord of all will never forget.
As I stated earlier, this is GreatIs.org four-year anniversary. I never would have imagined that this would have not only grown to what it has become, but I am humbled and glad that God has sustained and blessed us these past four years. Rather you have been reading since day one or just recently found us, thank you.
May your service and life be praise for Him this week,
Shaniqua & the Great Is Team