Erica Wiggenhorn

3 Women Changing the World

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Who are these three women changing the world? What knowledge do they have and what habits do they possess? I’ve been observing them. I promise this article won’t exhaust you or guilt you!

The Woman Changing the World at Home

Remember the old adage, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”? I love how the mother of John Mark seems mentioned as an aside in scripture, yet her ministry remains so profound. She opened her home to the disciples. She consecrated her home to become a place of ministry and as a result her son grew to become a mighty force in the spread of the gospel. He eventually became Paul’s right hand man and a trusted successor in the oversight of the church.

One of the most unexplainable things we can do is open our front door and welcome believers to gather around our table. 

Who is the woman changing the world? The woman who agrees with D.L. Moody that “seminary begins around a kitchen table”. She opens her home to disciples, so her children can listen and learn from other believers. This mother knows power comes from witnessing believers in action so her habit includes practicing hospitality. She wants her children to experience Christ beyond their mother’s instruction.

The Woman Changing the World at Work

I love the story of Lydia! I imagine Paul had a pretty strong personality, but Lydia backed him into a corner to where he could not refuse her. We don’t actually see Paul face the impossibility of a refusal with anyone other than Christ- and Lydia! And through this encounter, Lydia converted her coworkers and Paul planted the Philippian church. All through the collaboration of this brave-hearted, no nonsense woman. Lydia knew how to lead and her habits included clear communication and a strong work ethic.

Unlike the other unexplainable conversion stories in Acts focusing on families, Lydia shares the good news with her coworkers.  

Who is the woman changing the world at work? The one who recognized her workplace is a God space for the gospel to go forth through her attitude, her work ethic and her words. I love the quote that says, “Don’t share the gospel, show it to me with your life!”. The world changer at work uses her job to jump start evangelism.

The Woman Changing the World Through Her Works

Nobody is ever going to come to Jesus due to my cooking, sewing, or crafting ability. But some of you have some mad skills. The woman changing the world offers her gifts to God in humble service. Tabitha, or Dorcas, exemplified such a woman. She gathered the widows together and they sewed. She gave them a purpose and put them to kingdom work. I love that! She knew how to sew and habitually shared her knowledge with others to bless those in need.

Let’s not substitute spiritual eminence for cultural prominence. Most unexplainable women changing the world receive the applause of heaven, the scorn of Satan, and function in obscurity in popular society.

These widows begged Peter to raise her from the dead. I doubt the request was due to a clothing shortage. They could still continue to sew without her, leading me to believe Tabitha taught and encouraged these widows while they worked. They missed her presence.

We Can All Be Women Who Change the World

To whom can you open your front door? Whom can you befriend on your campus, your company or your community? Who could you gather to share your skills? Be it organizing, exercising, meal prepping, budgeting, or creating something? Use these natural abilities to invite supernatural results. Lives with renewed purpose supplying kingdom provisions.

A friend of mine recently shared with me her church’s new mission: each one reach one. Sister, when you open your life for God to use you to change one person’s eternal destiny, you most certainly have changed the world.

How ready are you world changer? It’s time to go live An Unexplainable Life!


Want more encouragement and ideas on becoming a world changer? Look for information on the #IFS2022 Challenge coming this week!


For more on how to live An Unexplainable Life visit Erica’s website. 

 

 

 

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