This is Part 8 of of the (re)Vision talk on leadership principles from the Life of Mary.
For the past several days, we've been looking at different episodes in and characteristics of the life of Mary that we can apply to our lives as leaders, and the final thing I want to bring up is one that we’ve probably never considered in relation to her life-- anointing for ministry.
In Act 1:14, we read of the disciples, “They all met together continually for prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.” After Jesus ascended, Mary was a part of that band of people who stuck together to pray and wait for the arrival of the Holy Spirit as Jesus promised. If we keep reading, we find that it’s the same group of people huddled together on the day of Pentecost that were filled with the Holy Spirit. That’s kinda of cool to think about, right? That 33 years and 9 months earlier, the Holy Spirit had come upon Mary to conceive Christ within her. Fast forward to the Day of Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit comes upon Mary again, and she speaks in tongues and is empowered to do the work of the ministry of sharing the good news of Jesus.
As women, God has a special ministry for us. It will be unique to you as a woman and you can do it only as a woman. Women of influence seek the anointing and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and influence their culture.