Look! There goes a Christian woman!
A showcase for Him
In seeking the Lord for a word to share in the Crossing Women's Newsletter, I sensed He led me to write on what is seen in a woman belonging to Christ.
With the Christmas season approaching, in the midst of the preparations to celebrate, there are various displays of lights, colors and sounds. In it all, there is the Christian woman. She's making her rounds and putting things in place in order to celebrate the Savior's birth. To her, it is more than a historical event or a yearly holiday, simply because the Lord Jesus has been birthed in her heart, thus allowing her to become His showcase.
Something was quite evident in the life of Daniel, one of God's showcases. It is said of him, "Then this Daniel was distinguished above the governors and the satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him."
Daniel 6:3. It is also said of Paul and Silas, another showcase for the Lord, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation." Acts 16:17.
The Christian woman has gifts to offer. God's love, kindness and joy are some examples. These can be expressed among family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors, or anyone crossing her path. The gift of God's love is all wrapped up in the heart of the woman belonging to Christ, and ready for delivery as the Holy Spirit leads. It can be as simple as a word of encouragement to the person who becomes overwhelmed with the busyness of Christmas.
The gift of God's kindness in the form of an exhortation can be, "God bless you for all you have done, and continue to do today!" This gift of kindness is in the heart of every Christian woman, ready to be pulled out, opened up, and given to someone who may be standing behind a checkout counter.. Signs of fatigue and tiredness may be visible, due to long hours of service. However, your gift of kind words and exhortation can cause a big smile and renewed energy to come forth. A woman in Christ can and will cause shifts to take place in moods and atmospheres for others.
There will even be some unexpected appointments on God's list and schedule for you in this season. God calls them His divine appointments, open doors of opportunity and ordained encounters. I believe He's placed these in the midst of the woman of God's daily schedule. Become aware of them, be open and make yourself available to minister God's gift of prayer to the ones He'll show you that have need.
Let's ask the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with prayer for the various needs of people we may encounter this season. Let's ask Him for His appointments, and opening of doors for us women to showcase Him to others like Daniel, Paul and Silas. Look for God's Kairos moments where you will meet needs with prayer, His love, encouragement and acts of kindness. These will not only be precious gifts, but blessings bestowed. The rewards are eternal!
We now welcome the wind of the Holy Spirit to come and blow over the garden of our hearts, releasing the "sweet aroma of God's Presence to be defused through us in every place we go (2 Cor. 2:14). It is then the proclamation is being made, "Look! There goes a Christian woman, God's showcase to the world!"
~ Yvonne Eason