The Women of Luke 8 Day 17

“Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.”

Luke 8:1-3

Several years ago, I attended a conference for Christian leaders.  At dinnertime, I used my favorite dinnertime trick when I am at a conference.  As an introvert, this is a trick I use to force myself to meet new people.  I sat down at a completely empty table in the middle of the room.  I waited to see who would join me for dinner.  I anticipated the conversations you often have when you meet someone new.  What do you do?  Tell me about your family?  What break out sessions are you going to attend later?  

I waited at the large round empty table preparing my conversation pieces for the seven other people that could fill the empty chairs joining me for dinner.  

However, no one filled any chairs at my table.

I sat through the dinner hour, at a conference for Christian leaders, eating all alone.  Had I become invisible???

Have you ever felt invisible?

Women during the time of Luke 8 were basically invisible.  They did not really have a voice in their society.  They played their roles behind the scenes, and they were viewed as property to be owned.  Yet, the love of Jesus changed the women in our Scripture.  Not only did they follow after Jesus, most likely becoming better people, but these women were a visible and necessary force in the Jesus movement. 

Remember, to Jesus, you are always visible.  To Jesus, you are necessary.  

Jesus ALWAYS sees you.  Remember this today.

Christ sees you, and Christ hears your voice no matter how weak or strong it calls out.

You too play a vital role in the ministry of Christ.  

4 thoughts on “The Women of Luke 8 Day 17

  1. What good news, that we are not invisible. And what a reminder to us to look for those who might feel invisible. I want to not only proclaim the good news, I want to bring it (and share it) with others.

  2. Abbie…your conference story breaks my heart for you are one of the nicest people I’ve ever known and so giving! I certainly would have been one of those to sit next to you even not knowing you for that is my personality to look for that situation and put myself in their shoes. Thank you for this Bible study!

  3. Abbie, I need names. I need to talk to those people! You are a true blessing! I feel invisible everyday talking to a screen of dots instead of faces! Thanks for reminding me that I am not and can be a good influence on my students!

  4. I tend to look to befriend those people who seem to be alone.
    I want people to feel comfortable & worthy of friendship. I certainly would have joined you at your table. So many people are only secure in their own little group. As Christians, we should be venturing out of our comfort zones.

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