The credits rolled and the lights came up at the end of a newly released blockbuster movie. Viewers streamed out of the theater, as I sat watching the list of contributors scroll upward. I stayed because I was interested on who had worked on this story and in what obscure role. I was looking for the “little people” who, in doing their part, created an amazing production.
Earlier that morning I had begun reading the book of Matthew in a different translation than I had previously. And for the first time, in Matthew 1:1-16, I noticed the inclusion of four female names in the long and primarily male genealogy of Jesus Christ.
“The family tree of Jesus Christ, David’s son, Abraham’s son:
Abraham had Isaac,
Isaac had Jacob,
Jacob had Judah and his brothers,
Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar)....”
Matthew 1:1-3a MSG
Like movie goers with the credits, I had often given little attention to this list of history, but suddenly it was as if my own sister had been included in the Bible! Why the sudden highlight of something that had always been there?
God uses His written word to ease our worries.
For long enough I had been concerned about my insignificance in the Kingdom of God. My little role in God’s sensational storyline didn’t seem enough to warrant a credit in the long list of megastars. Now was the time this old verse be projected in a new light to comfort my insecurities.
God’s word was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. And within the first three verses of the book that became the beginning of the New Testament, God made sure Matthew gave credit to an obscure woman named Tamar for being a mother. Even if Tamar meant little to Matthew (something we cannot know), she meant much to God, for she made it onto the list of who’s who.
If you feel insignificant today, if you feel unseen in your efforts to live a life serving God, be encouraged! You mean much to God! Your part in His storyline will get recognition because He is the one who oversees writing it.
Sharon has been writing and teaching biblically based curriculum, Bible studies, and devotionals since 2007.
She has had the unique position of writing curriculum and teaching for two private, Christ-based, residential recovery programs. Both programs primarily served women in the homeless community.
Sharon has traveled multiple times to Kenya, serving on medical teams and teaching in the rural Maasai communities. She’s been privileged to speak in Leadership camps intended on encouraging and empowering the impoverished, underprivileged, and often abused young women.
Within these ministries, Sharon has witnessed the transformative power of loving words spoken to the broken-hearted. Sharing God’s love and witnessing its transformative power has become her passion.
Sharon and her husband, divide their time between Oregon and Hawaii. They have two grown children.
Currently, Sharon is encouraging others via her inspirational blog, but prefers sharing face to face. Additionally, she is working towards a degree in Ministry.
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