For The Woman Of Purpose: Multiplying, Subduing, and Having Dominion
For The Women Of Purpose: Multiplying, Subduing, And Having Dominion
Rev. Shonda R. Greene, M.Ed, MTS
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a Women’s Summit in Dover, DE, where the theme was “Women of Purpose—A Wealth of Wisdom and Power”. While listening to the speakers, I began to think about the worth that we as women—especially African-American women—have in the world—and in society as a whole. In short, what do I, as an African-American woman, have to offer the world?
Before I started writing for BWU and doing radio work, I was asked to provide a bio. Although a number of people over time have said that I have “many accolades”, I can remember—and still remember—times when I was considered to be (and was treated like) I was less than nothing, and someone of little worth (Funny enough, some of those feelings were expressed by persons who claimed to have loved me—sound familiar!?!?!?). Because I am “saved”, and confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I can only write from my perspective as a Christian believer: I have been through much, and it was only Him who dragged me out of my “stuff” and brought me out and into who I was created to be all along—an awesome, powerful, woman of God who was created to “have dominion” over the earth (Gen. 1:26-28, NKJV)! Now, the question is, HOW?
One of the day’s speakers, Minister Alberta Smith (Williams Church Chapel, Bridgeville, DE), noted that, “when we get ‘saved’—meaning accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior of our lives— we receive [through the power of the Holy Spirit] all of Jesus—not just part of Him.” When she mentioned this fact, I began to think, “Hmmm—the Holy Spirit is the same as the Spirit of Christ (found this out through a Vine’s biblical word study)—so what she’s saying is true.” Hmmm—by process of elimination—that means that–
I can do the same things that He did!
Hmmm—wow—that’s a LOT!
I can do ANYTHING!
On second thought…how am I going to do all of that?
According to my Christian belief—what I personally believe–He healed the sick, raised the dead—where do I start?
To relieve us from some of the pressure, it may be helpful to mention that it is not we who do everything, but the Holy Spirit within us (Gal. 2:20-21) (Whew!—THANK YOU, LORD, because girl, if it had been the other way around—well, you know—! 🙂 ).
I don’t want to take up fifty-three or fifty-four pages of people’s time—there are so many types of gifts and talents—so it’s difficult to say where to start. So, in order to make certain that I address everyone who may be reading, the answer seems to be this:
Simply find out what Jesus did!
Biblically, The Gospels (the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are an excellent place to start, but if someone would like an encapsulated version of what Jesus was sent to do, we can take a look at Jesus’s announcement in Luke 4:16-18 (NKJV):
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
WOW—that really makes everything easier! Thanks (laughing and rolling eyes)!
Before we move on to how such feats may be accomplished, we may have to sidestep a bit. Regarding the Biblical verses written above, before you say, “Oh, boy, that’s not my thing—I write books”, or “I do artwork”, or “I am/want to be a business executive”, or “I don’t wanna preach”—hold up; we’re not necessarily talking about that. However, we are going to say that in those cases—or in ANY type of endeavor—it DOES seem like the Lord may be saying (in doing the above):
Concerning whatever you feel that is on your heart to do—ask yourself these questions:
Are you doing it to the benefit of someone else, or to yourself (this includes gospel ministry)?
Are you helping someone recover something that they once lost, or are you so-called “giving it to them”—at a price?
Are you setting people free and helping them to become whom they want to be, or what you would have them to be?
Every verse seems to refer to giving to/assisting another person, or persons. I’m not saying that you should never include yourself in what you endeavor to do, but the bottom line seems to be: what’s your motivation? What’s your agenda? Is it for you? Or is it for someone else?
If you’ve gotten this far, back to my initial question. How do I do all of the above (or whatever I feel He’s given me to do)? He’s shown me a ministry, an online business, a building, an awesome career, but…how? It’s a lot! Mary, Jesus’s mother, may have had the right solution at the Wedding at Cana:
“Whatever He [Jesus] says to you [the servants at Cana], do it.” (John 2:5—read John 2:1-12 to understand the whole story)
…they took six waterpots filled with water at His direction (not their own), and look what happened–
Water was turned into wine!
No one’s asking you to conquer Rome, or even reinvent the wheel—but maybe it’s as simple as: 1) doing whatever He says—no matter how strange—and 2) “working with what you’ve got”! Take the little bit that you have—whatever you have for now, whether it be time, talents, or treasuries [money]—listen for His instructions (make sure that you pray), and make it work in the area that you’ve been given! Something that people DID have—the water—just by following Jesus’s direction—was turned into something that the persons at the party didn’t have: the best wine that anyone had ever tasted! Because of Jesus’s life, death, burial, and rising from the dead, we now (if you are a believer) are able to do the very same thing! This occurrence is what’s called
being fruitful and multiplying (Gen. 1:28a)
filling the earth and subduing (Gen. 1:28b)
Because if you take the little bit and do well, He will give you even more to work with (you are “faithful over a few things, He will make you ruler over many things”—Matt. 25:20-23—see Matt. 25:14-30 for the entire story)
Before you know it, you will be sitting where God showed you that you would be sitting…and going where God revealed that you would eventually go…believe me, you and I will
have dominion! (Gen. 1:28c)
Dominion over our problems
Dominion over our circumstance
Dominion over our situation
and you know what?
That’s not a bad thing at all.
Article excerpt from the Spirituality Page of the online African-American women’s magazine, Black Woman Unleashed (blackwomanunleashed.net), of which Rev. Shonda R. Greene is a contributing writer. Rev. Greene is the founder of Shonda R. Greene Ministries, and pastor of I Am The Vine Ministries in Smyrna, DE. She is also
radio hostess of “The Empowering Moment”, which is featured on several radio stations across the country, as well as on LookUp Radio.com. You may e-mail her at email@example.com, or visit her website at shondargreeneministries.org.