Some of the most noted women in the Bible made the biggest impact because they lived as if they were “not their own.” They sacrificed their reputations and lives to see God’s will performed through them. Queen Esther risked the king’s knowledge of her nationality and went before him without permission though it could cost her life. Ruth left behind everything she knew to faithfully follow her mother-in-law to a religion and land not belonging to her. Mary lay down her reputation to see the Savior born into the world, risking slander and even stoning. Each one of these women, selfless and dedicated to the plan of God, made history. They were key players in saving a nation and carrying on the lineage of the Messiah. They will not be forgotten . . . especially not by the One who assigned them “for such a time as this.” Will we be one of them?
We are never too good to do God’s will in His kingdom. When the musician steps down from the platform to serve food, and preacher comes out from behind the pulpit to scrub sinks, we have seen a genuine show of God’s kind of humility. Every role is significant to Him, not one more important than the other.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Just like we’re not saved by our “good works,” we are not healed or blessed in any other way by those works. We cannot earn our covenant blessings purchased on the cross. Though being a “good person” is commendable and needful, God is only moved by our faith!
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.