An interesting and profound story is found in Joshua Chapter Seventeen. It speaks of a man named Zelophehad who had no sons but only daughters.
There must have been others in Israel who only had girls. These daughters of Zelophehad were different though. What was different about them? What does this have to do with seeing disciple making movements released??
Joshua 17:3 However, Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, only daughters; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. 4 They came near before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the leaders, saying, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.” So according to the [c]command of the Lord he gave them an inheritance among their father’s brothers. 5 Thus there fell ten portions to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is beyond the Jordan, 6 because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons. And the land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the sons of Manasseh. (NASB)
These daughters of Zelophehad were willing to ask for their inheritance along with their cousins or as we say in India “cousin brothers.” The fact that they were women didn’t stop them from thinking that they were worthy of receiving an inheritance in the land. It stopped many other women. It didn’t stop them. They asked…and they received.
In Psalms, God says…
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the [f]nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. Ps 2:8 NASB
Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. John 16:24 NASB
To see a movement of Jesus follower’s released, every believer must get involved. Every believer needs to ask God for their inheritance among lost people. Every believer must begin to see themselves as a disciple maker, as a trainer of trainers, not just a church member. This most definitely includes women!
God is calling women today from every strata of society and from every class; educated, uneducated, urban, village, old and young to join with their husbands and brothers in asking God to release their inheritance among the nations. He wants women to be bold and ask Him for the lost people around them. Jesus illustrated bold prayer in Luke 11. He speaks of the man who needed help in the night from a friend. Though the man won’t get up to help due to the friendship, because of the man’s bold persistence, he gets up to help. (https://fmsouthasia.blogspot.com/2017/04/shameless-audacity-in-prayer.html)
Women, be both tenacious and audacious! Be bold to rise up and ask Father God for your own inheritance like the Daughter’s of Manesseh did! Don’t be content to sit on the sidelines of seeing movements released or in the task of making disciples. The unreached wait to hear the message you have to give. He has chosen you! God can, will and wants to use women to release movements (and men too)! He wants to give both women and men, an inheritance among the peoples. He is just waiting for you to say “I want my part too…along with my husband, along with my brothers…I want to receive my inheritance!”
If you are a woman and are reading this, let me assure you…scripture abounds with evidence that God loves to use women in His great purposes! The greatest message of hope ever to be shared (the message that Jesus had risen from the dead) was first shared by a woman! The Samaritan woman was used to bring her whole village to faith. There are so many more examples! The question is only will you rise up and ask for your portion from God?
If you are a man reading this, you have a very powerful role to play in encouraging the women around you to rise up to be all that God is calling them to be as disciple makers, trainers and movement leaders. Encourage and affirm them! Welcome them and empower them and see them as playing an important, even crucial role in the release of the movement. Soon they too will see themselves this way.
What will you do this week to encourage women around you to be disciple makers?