To the women who have ever experienced feeling broken, insecure, worthless, purposeless and resentful of oneself, I dedicate this post to you. I want you to know that nothing can hinder you from being the beautiful, bold, confident women that you were predestined to be—not even your past. Truthfully, it takes courage to let go of the brokenness of the past and walk into the beautiful future that you were created to experience. Ladies, I want to focus on a woman in the Bible that many women across this world can relate to in some way—Mary Magdalene. Here’s a glimpse of Mary’s story of redemption.
Broken and Restored
Mary Magdalene was known as a woman who had been consumed with spirits filled with darkness. The Bible makes it clear that she was battling darkness times seven (Luke 8:2). But is Mary the only woman who’s ever had to overcome the pain of her past? So often, I see women that are hurting and trying to escape their pain. Quite honestly, I used to be one of them. Like Mary, I also grew up desiring true love and attention. As I mentioned in the “Closer Look” (a-closer-look.html) blog post, I used to condemn myself on the inside due to the past decisions that I had made. I’m not sure if you’re in a place in your life where you feel judged by the decisions that you’ve made, or maybe you want to break free from a life filled with hurt and disappointments.
I believe God finds glory in restoring the reputations of his people. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” For Mary, God restored her from the torment of her past and her new life began with Jesus. When I read the story of Mary, I see how she was redeemed by Jesus when she decided to follow God’s plan for her life. I can sense that many people believe that they must be cleaned up and without faults before they can receive Jesus. However, Jesus met Mary right where she was and he looked beyond her sin. There’s no limit to how God can restore the reputations of His people. God can restore a person who is addicted to drugs and alcohol, someone who is bound to the approval of others, a person who is filled with anxiety, or anything else you find yourself battling—there is truly no limit.
Redeemed by Jesus
I want you to know that God doesn’t view you the way that the world views you. God sees you beyond your faults. He sees you for who you were created to be. God viewed Mary as a pure woman. He didn’t look at her the way her peers viewed her. Do you find yourself struggling with viewing yourself the way that God sees you? Sis, God wants to restore you from the pain of your past and the weight that you’ve been carrying. Matthew 11:28-30 beautifully illustrates how Jesus freely restores the lives of his people.
“Come to me, all you are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”
Mary didn’t allow her past to detour her from following Jesus’s ministry. I’m convinced that she knew that there was something worth living for beyond the pain of her past. Simply put, her ministry was Jesus’ ministry. This is shown through her actions of following closely to Jesus; she completely placed her trust in him. I admire Mary Magdalene’s faithfulness to live a life fully surrendered to Jesus despite the hatred that the disciples most likely experienced-- her commitment speaks wonders. Mary was set free from her past and brought freedom to others. The Bible clearly says that when Jesus was on the cross to take on the sins of this world, she was still standing there with him (Matthew 27:55-56). This speaks a lot about her character and the risk she would take by witnessing the greatest price ever paid. How can we learn from Mary Magdalene? I believe you and I can continue to follow her footsteps by staying close to Jesus and saying yes to the purpose of our existence.
Confidence Found in Christ
Today, Mary isn’t known for her past, she’s know for the confidence that she had in Jesus. When she let go of her old life, her confidence began to grow in Christ. Truly, this is a beautiful and powerful story of Mary Magdalene. She was a woman who had been delivered and ever since, she followed Jesus’s every move. There’s something to be said about the confidence that she placed so heavily in Christ. What are you placing your confidence in today? I’ve found that when you place your confidence in this world, you find yourself desperately hoping to attain fulfillment in your success, relationships, social status, and so on. However, when you place your confidence in Jesus, you’re no longer bound to the unwanted pressures of living up to the standard that the world expects of you. Mary Magdalene was one of the first women in the Bible to find confidence in Christ Jesus. She was also the first person that Jesus appeared to after he resurrected from the grave (Mark 16:9). I believe that Jesus saw her faithfulness of living a life completely poured out for Him. This encourages me to keep going hard after Jesus and to never stop pressing towards more of Him. My prayer is that you will find complete confidence in Christ, and that you begin to take steps closer to Jesus.
“He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name” Psalm 111:9