4. We radiate light simply by following Jesus.
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As a woman, I’ve read and gained encouragement and inspiration from Luke 8:1-3 numerous times. I imagine countless others have as well. Through this passage, I catch a glimpse of God’s heart for me, as His beloved, called and chosen, daughter. I’m reminded that His grace is big enough to cover my most shameful sins. But more than that, I’m motivated and moved to action.
I imagine numerous wives, mothers, and little girls who saw these women pass were touched in similar ways. In seeing Christ welcome Joanna, Mary Magdalene, Susanna, and other females so readily, did they think, “I wonder if He’d welcome me as well?” Did their thoughts trigger the question: “Would He teach me such deep truths of God?”
And then there were those who knew, or had heard of Mary Magdalene, the One from whom Christ had cast out seven demons. How awed they must have been to see her walking, not only in her right mind, but so confidently beside the One who’d freed her. As if she belonged with Him.
Because she did, as surely as you and I do. These women memorialized in Scripture remind us that God always welcomes us close and longs to share with us His deepest, most life-changing truths.
5. Discipleship comes at a cost.
Consider how much it would have cost to feed twelve hungry, physically active men who probably clocked more steps before lunch than most of us will all week. Can you imagine their typical calorie intake? Granted, they often stayed, and therefore were fed by others. But their travels still came at an expense, one these women gladly paid.
They gave of their funds, their time, comfort, and perhaps even sacrificed their reputations to join the Messiah’s teaching and healing tour. But they willingly laid all that down to grab hold of something far greater: spiritual intimacy with Christ and the eternally abundant, beyond-expectations life only He can give.
Discipleship always comes at a cost. Some Christ-followers might lose their lives, others their jobs or their family’s respect. God calls all of us to surrender our time and agendas for His bigger and better plans.
He invites us to live with courage, seeking His kingdom above all and radiating His love to everyone we encounter. Our faith journeys won’t always feel easy or without loss, but we will gain something of intimate value. With every obedient step, we’ll experience ever-deepening fulfillment and peace as our relationship with the Prince of Peace grows.
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