Too many times young women today look to the media as their role model. Some women we tend to look up to may fall short, even if they are Christians. I have found that looking up to the “finishers of the faith” is more inspiring because they have truly finished, you know the end of the story and there is no disappointment. My challenge to you is to learn how your faith has developed over the past decades and what individuals paved the way for the Church as we know it today.
A great woman of God, a “finisher of the faith” that I look up to, is Aimee Semple McPherson. She was a ground-breaking, innovative woman of God! Her uniqueness caused her to stand out among the crowd, and this is one thing I love about her. She wasn’t afraid to stand out.
Aimee Semple McPherson was a leader in the Body of Christ. As accounted in the Bible, Paul wrote a letter to the Romans stating, “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:4-5 NIV).
As the scripture above states, we all are working together but have different callings in Christ. Aimee was called to be a leader and to be different. She was one-of-a-kind in the sense that in the early 1900s, when her ministry was taking place, she was one of the only female ministers to preach to a congregation. Her sermons were cutting-edge. She had the most elaborate illustrated sermons. They were so innovative that non-believers used to sit in on her sermons because they were so good. She would also have Hollywood directors come be a part of the services, because they would get ideas for whatever play they were working on. This woman was doing something right, wasn’t she?
In the midst of all Aimee’s dreams, she built Angelus Temple. She was a part of the design and construction of the building. This church was greatly needed in Los Angeles. In the first six months of the doors being opened, she saw 8,000 people give their hearts to Christ! At the end of her life, in 1944, ten percent of Los Angeles was a part of her church! Can you believe that? Ten percent of the whole city!
I could go on and on about the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, she was a role model to many and a great woman of God that I love to study! Take this challenge, begin by praying for God to reveal your passions and your call and then study the “finishers of the faith” and see who you can learn from. Women of Christianity have come a long way over the past 100 years. Find a woman of God whom you are interested in learning about and see how she can inspire you too!
Reflect on these questions:
- Are you afraid to stand out and be a little different?
- Are you a leader in the Body of Christ?
- Do you know what God has called you to do?
- What are you doing for God?