This past Sunday evening our church held a members’ meetings during which I gave a short update on our women’s ministry. I discussed our current Bible study, the weekly blogging and potential plans for the future. What I put forward felt quite inadequate. I was waiting for someone to say, “Is that all you do?”
As I was thinking on this later I began to feel the old, familiar clouds of doubt and inadequacy gather about me. The poor women of Cornerstone have me as their leader!?! As busy as I feel, it never feels like enough and I am so very imperfect. Yet God, in his ever gracious way, began to remind me of some very important facts. First, ministering to women is not the responsibility of a single person. Women are discipled and taught by both men and women in a variety of settings. Secondly, a great deal of ministry to women occurs outside of organized events. Much ministering to women is happening all around me, and when I stop to think on it, it is overwhelming.
Women’s ministry is happening when:
To think that I might be the center of women’s ministry is absurd. That place belongs to Christ alone. “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and faithfulness!” (Psalm 115:1). It is God’s Word that transforms the hearts and minds of women and he is faithful to fulfill his promise of growth in us (Phil. 1:6).
Is there more to come for the women of Cornerstone Church? Yes, God willing. But we cannot lose sight of all the good that is happening already. God is always at work and I love getting to be a witness to a portion of it. It is Jesus that is shining through these women; all I can do is give him praise. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:15).
So, women, keep ministering! Continue to “stir up one another to love and good works,” and “encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Press into the Lord and his Word and care for one another…just as sisters should.