We live in a world where many strive to find unity in a society that has become increasingly disconnected with one another. As social structures continue to disintegrate, Pastor Sharon and the women of Devoted Conference rise with the declaration, “We’re better together!” Although we are diverse in denomination, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and culture, the fact is, as women we are not just connected, we are interconnected. It’s time for us to put the “sister” back into the word sisterhood. It starts with you and with me, right here and right now.
“Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.” Ephesians 2:16-18 MSG
We cannot begin to understand the radical nature of the Apostle Paul’s proclamation here unless we are familiar with the centuries-long hostility that had existed between the Jews and the Gentiles. We might compare it to the divide between whites and blacks in the South or the conflict between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the Middle East. Paul is making the radical assertion that Christ has erased these centuries of racial hatred and declaring how vital it is for the church to display the peace of Christ in order to glorify Him before a world that only knows strife and conflict.
God purposefully created each of us with special insights and giftedness. He made each of us uniquely individual, but with a need for community. Despite our many differences, we have common ground in Christ. The Bible states that it is not good for us to be alone (all one), trying to navigate the challenges of life on a self-inflicted island. Often times, we attempt it, but quickly realize that we are at our best when we have our “sisters” (biological or not) at our side, cheering us on and watching our backs. Girls, we’re so much better together.
We are members of the sacred union called “sisterhood” from which all women are born. Sisterhood is not a label we just throw around, it is a reflex that stems from the heart. Race, class, or geography does not hinder sisterhood. Instead, it transcends and transforms us for the better. As women, we may be different, but we all fit together as a whole. When we unite, our gifts complement each other and God is glorified. Indeed, we’re better together.
The Bible speaks of women serving together, such as Mary and Martha. He designed women to be in each other’s lives as a supportive community. Some say women are more effective ministering to women because they are natural nurturers. Others say it is because they tend to be relational. Whether it is due to nurturing or relationship skills, the Bible makes it clear that we need each other and are better together.
Women helping women, women teaching women, women encouraging women, and women praying for women enrich our lives with relationships that will feed our souls while fulfilling God’s purpose on earth. Imagine a world where every woman has a friend who believes in her and will invest in her potential to change the world. Girls, this is the reason Devoted Conference exists!
Sisterhood is about possessing enough grace to connect this part over here with that part over there. Even though we are different, we are all a part of an amazing tribe of women. It’s time for us to put the “sister” back into the word sisterhood, it starts with me, and you, right here and right now. We’re so much better together!
Devoted Devotional By Cherese Jackson