You must obey the Lord's voice. When you stand before the throne of judgment, don't assume that "My husband wouldn't let me do that" will be a permissible excuse.
4. They have not embraced the apostolic mandate. So few American Christians--men or women--have genuine zeal to see Christ's kingdom expand to the nations. Even though Jesus told us to seek His kingdom first, missionary endeavors quickly drop to the bottom of our priority lists when we are distracted by materialism and the cares of this life.
But we must remember that even in this season of terrorist threats, SARS outbreaks and economic instability, God has not revoked the Great Commission. He has not said to us: "You don't have to take the gospel to the nations until the threat of Muslim violence subsides."
No, the Great Commission still stands. We must take up the challenge, swallow our fears and love not our lives "to the death" (Rev. 12:11).
Every previous generation has had brave women warriors. From the days of the early church, when women of faith were ripped to pieces by Caesar's lions, the daughters of the church have provided a bold witness.
Where are these women of fire today? My prayer is that they will emerge in this decade with hotter zeal, deeper compassion and stronger commitment than at any other time in history.
J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma and the director of The Mordecai Project (themordecaiproject.org). You can follow him on Twitter at leegrady. His latest book is Fearless Daughters of the Bible.
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