Daily Word #11: What Is A Disciple? Part 2: Women Disciples
Did Jesus Disciple Women Too? Were There Women Disciples Who Followed Jesus?
From the Bible, it may seem that Jesus’ ministry received much more support from women than that of men. It can be seen that what the Bible says about women supporting Jesus is not what was said about men. In our readings, we read that Jesus went to preach the gospel with the 12 (male) disciples. However, the Bible also makes mention and talks about “some women who had been delivered of evil spirits and healed of infirmities. Mary, called Magdalene, was delivered from seven demons, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means” (Luke 8:2-3). So these women supported Jesus’ ministry. That’s the role of a disciple.
On one occasion, “Mary, therefore, took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:3). This perfume was valued enough to pay a man of the day, his daily wages for 100 days. But Mary was criticized for her profligacy, but her faith showed her something the 12 disciples couldn't see. And Jesus talked about it and saying,
“Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment” (Luke 7:44-46).
Mary proved she and any other woman could be Jesus’ disciple because she renounced all that she had for Him (Luke 14:33).
To be honest, this story convicts me and it should you. It shouldn't matter whether or not someone is a man or woman or boy or a girl, simply because it didn't and still doesn't matter to Jesus.
God sees women as men’s equals and co-heirs in Christ. Being a disciple of Jesus has nothing to do with sex, social status, or the color of a person’s skin.
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