2 John 1The elder,To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth— 2because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:3Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.4It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. (This woman was a pastor of a church.)
Isaiah 54:1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. (This describes a woman in ministry having more children -not just daughters- than a woman who can get pregnant and have children physically.)
Song of Solomon 1:8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds. (This woman is the typology of the bride of Christ (the church) and she has a flock which she tends.)
Romans 16: 1I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; 2that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well. 3Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles; 5also greet the church that is in their house. (These are people whom, Paul acknowledges as being leaders in churches. Note there are women in this acknowledgment.)
Jesus lead by example. He did things that upset the Pharisees who Jesus called ‘white washed tombs’. Clean on the outside but filthy inside. Why? Because they loved the law more than people. Jesus healed on the Sabbath to set the example that people matter more than law. Women not speaking in church isn’t even a biblical ‘law’ yet it is misused by many to keep women from fulfilling their calling. To what end? The gospel is no less powerful, or true,when taught from a woman than a man.
Ladies, if you know the Lord has called you to ministry, now is the time to walk in your calling. Leave behind the chains of this world- the people saying, ‘no’… and follow the One saying, ‘yes!’. Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.