On International Women’s Day, facts juxtapose a worldview onto our daily perspective. As I sit down to write this post, I ask God, “What do you want us to know? What is our responsibility?” I thought of the words that Mordecai said to Queen Esther:
“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?“
Christine Caine frequently says, “The same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in you!”
Your power of influence in your home, your workplace, your community, even the world, should never be underestimated. Not because you are so righteous and worthy, but because the One who lives inside of you is both those things and more.
Yet there are believers who bristle at the suggestion that they have a responsibility to those outside their sphere. I know because I was a part of that crowd for a season.
Do We Have a Responsibility?
K.P. Yohannan asks this question in his book “Revolution in World Missions”:
“Why do you think God has allowed you to be born in North America or Europe rather than among the poor of Africa and Asia and to be blessed with such material and spiritual abundance?“
It’s worth noting that Europe and the Americas are home to a majority of the world’s Christians.
Also, according to the site Global Rich List, if your annual household income is in excess of $32,400 USD, you rank among the top 1% income earners in the world.
I entered our annual income from 2019 into their calculator, and it showed that our little family earns more than 99.6% of the world. Yeah.
(You can get your results here.)
How does that impact your perspective?
My husband and I are now at a place where we recognize the daily luxuries in the simple way we live. Even during financially hard seasons, I choose to be rooted in gratitude.
Not because I am altruistic; not at all.
Only after years of exposing myself to these International Women’s Day facts, did I come to this place.
Facts Ground Our Perspective
A few years ago, I was a pregnant mother feverishly trying to stay afloat while my husband was driving a truck in another country, but on those heavy-laden days of stress, I remembered the things I knew to be true:
- Yes, the week after I found out I was pregnant with our third child, I was collecting groceries from a local food bank. But I was blessed to have such a resource available to me, because millions of mothers have to beg for money in the street.
- Yes, I had to sell clothes, toys, gifts and furniture to get by. But I was blessed to have possessions of value to sell, because too many mothers have handed their children over to slavery, so their family won’t starve.
- Yes, it was humiliating when the City came to shut our water off. But I was blessed to have clean running water in my house to lose, because over 600 million people in the world do not have access to clean water.
- Yes, as a mother, I have not given my children all the first world luxuries. But they truly lack nothing, and food is always on the table, because 1 billion children live in poverty; that’s 1 out 2 children!
International Women’s Day is a Reminder
Today, we celebrate women around the world, but do we dare ask if we have a responsibility?
We live in a nation and time where women can vote, own property, pursue an education and career of their choice. We can live independently with the freedom to express our views and protest against the ones we oppose.
Even the women who experience oppression receive access to resources that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers never knew.
And yet, we are sharing a planet with…
- the 5,000 women who are victims of honour killings every year (this number is believed to be a huge underestimate),
- the thousands of women and little girls captured by ISIS and sold as sex slaves to ISIS soldiers. (estimates are between 2000-7000),
- the 28.6 million women and girls who are enslaved and trafficked,
- the 130 million girls who are not attending primary or secondary school,
- the 200 million girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation or cutting,
- the 200 millions girls who died as a result of female feticide or infanticide,
- the 910 million women and girls who are undernourished
We must not forget about these women, because they need us! They need our prayers, they need our business and they need our voice!
We Are Here for Such a Time as This.
What if all the Christian women of the West became deeply devoted to growing in the Spirit and in faith?
The scriptures are there not only for our personal edification, but to empower and embolden us to share the Gospel through love, service and sacrifice.
What if all these women did everything they could with what they had?
When we make room in our heart for a suffering sister, we discover how much we have to share, because when we give in Jesus’ name, on the other side of that transaction, there are women who get a sense of God’s love for them.
Jesus said that it is through Him that we know the Father. Jesus revealed the heart of the Father through His acts of love and sacrifice.
Therefore, as we are His hands and feet in the world, when we act justly and love mercy, we are revealing the heart of God to those in need.
In the next post I publish, I share some of the practical things we can do; things proven to change lives.
But for today, ponder these International Women’s Day facts, and ask God if you have a responsibility. Then through prayer and the Word, seek His answer for what you should do.
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