Two Thousand Years Later…
“These women were helping to support them out of their own means.” (Luke 8:3 NIV)
Jesus went from town to town with his disciples, proclaiming the good news of God’s kingdom. And the Bible tells us that there were some women who went along with them. Among them were Mary Magdalene and others—some named and others unnamed in the scriptural account. What we do know is that they had all been cured of evil spirits and diseases by Jesus. Out of gratitude for what Jesus had done in their lives, and to further God’s kingdom, the women were giving of their own resources to help to support Jesus and his disciples.
This explains how Jesus and his followers were able to go about doing the work of God’s kingdom. Without the support that the women were providing, how would they get their food, and where would they sleep? We see that even back then, there were folks supporting Jesus’ ministry.
Guess what? Two thousand years later, God’s work is still being supported by people who love Jesus and believe in him, so that his gospel can go to more and more people everywhere.
Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving, and now we usher in the Christmas season, with all of the excitement and preparations attending it. As we start putting together Christmas gift lists, let’s not forget to bring our tithes and offerings to the storehouse, that God’s work might continue. Let’s also follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit as we are led to share our resources with others who may be in need.
I’m sure that the women who traveled with Jesus and supported his work, were joyful as they did what God put in their hearts to do. That same joy can be ours as we invest ourselves in the furtherance of God’s kingdom and learn that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35), in this holiday season and always!
Read Luke 8:1-3.