While I have yet to read it, “Why Not Women?” by Loren Cunningham instantly appealed to me when I heard about it. For starters, women in leadership had been a debate in the church I had been attending. And then the ultimate irony, my Discipleship Training School class consisted of about 5 men and 29 women. Growing up as an only child and then in about three days being put in a room with four other men, and a building with 29 women (not including leadership) …. It was nothing short of an interesting experiment/test.
But as I sit here tonight the question that is burning in me is this; Why Men? Why have men decided to go to sleep about serving God and decided that their life is their own? Now I’m not saying that all men have chosen to be apart of this tragedy, I was blessed with men leaders in my DTS who I value highly and have inspired me to continue in missions work. But when women are the fire starters and people making change happen, yet the debate still exists as to their significance in ministry, something seems wrong to me. The women of God who attended the school I did were not there by accident, surprise for some maybe, but God doesn’t ever say that our life purpose won’t be a surprise to us.
Even now while my faith in God has grown and deepened since the end of the school, who was it that helped plant the seeds of His word in me? None other than my mother, the woman who thankfully raised me and kept me from becoming quite a mess many times over. I write this tonight not as someone seeking reaction, but simply from a place of wonder and thankfulness.
“God, I thank you for raising up mighty women of God who will influence both men and women of all ages and nations. I ask you Lord to let this passion continue to grow across the earth in women of all ages and race. I also ask you Lord, to wake up the men of this earth. I ask your forgiveness Lord standing in place of my fellow man, for neglecting your instruction that has always been for our good. I’m sorry Lord for ignoring you so long, and thank you for giving me the one thousandth chance you did to help me surrender and get to where I have. Please forgive us Lord for not loving like you do, loving to the point of death for the church. While we can only love, on our own, to the extent of our human nature help us desire to know the deeper love only found in you God. I ask that you would inspire, challenge, and even interrupt both men and women’s lives that are ignoring that which you have prepared for them. For you are the best life coach anyone could have. In your holy name Lord, I love you. Amen.”
So I end this with an expression of thanks and the question I began with. Thank you to my mother and the women who I’ve encountered in my life and am blessed to know that are following and serving God; thank you for keeping strong in our Father despite the world’s lack of understanding. And finally, Why men? Why have you chosen to sleep instead of rise up in the place God has prepared for you?
“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:10-14