“and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.” Luke 8:2-3
If you are like me, you’ve skimmed over certain verses that you felt weren’t all that pertinent or rich. Luke 8:2-3 seems to be a set of such verses…after all, how much can we glean from verses about random women who helped Jesus?
We went over these verses in church a couple of weeks ago, and something hit me that I’ve missed all the previous times I’ve read this passage.
First off, notice who provided for Him…it was the women! In that culture and day, women were greatly looked down upon in society. Yet, He was not afraid to let them participate in, or be on the receiving end of, His ministry…remember the woman at the well?
Second, does it strike you as odd that He took of their substance? I had never thought if it before! Jesus is God incarnate…He had the ability to create food, and He did just that in the feedings of the four-thousand and five-thousand. So, we see that Jesus didn’t need their help. He could have met His needs on His own.
And yet, He didn’t! Isn’t that incredible? He allowed them to participate in His ministry. I would argue that this is an example for how Jesus works with us!
I’ve known that God doesn’t need me to accomplish His plans and purpose. Seeing it in Scripture made it feel all the more real, though.
Just like He didn’t need those ladies to meet His needs, Jesus doesn’t need us to help Him get His stuff done. And yet, He allows us to be a part of what He is doing. That’s incredible.