Sisters, We’ve Got to Stand Together


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Last night I reposted something my good friend Lisa Bevere posted on her Instagram. It was the well-known quote by Matthew Arnold, “If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known.” Beside her post Lisa wrote, “What if the reason the enemy seeks to divide us as women is because he fears us coming together in unity?”

These words are sitting heavily on my heart today as I have sensed such an immense battle against the heart of sisterhood. I am so aware of the miracle and wonder of what happens when we come together as God’s daughters and get on with the business of His Kingdom. I sense that darkness trembles and falls. There is so much at stake, and as women we have to get really good at discerning the ways that the enemy seeks to divide and conquer us. We must become rise-up women who stand in unity and solidarity, who won’t be ensnared in ‘us vs them’ thinking. Disunity breaks the heart of God. These are critical days for all of us to rise together singing the anthem songs of Heaven.

We don’t have to all sound alike. We don’t need to have identical beliefs to function as one. But we must come together at the cross looking to Jesus, who is the author and the finisher of our faith.

“All the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of Jesus’ death, his blood that poured down from the cross.” (Colossians 1:20, The Message)

I so often come back to one of my most treasured stories of sisterhood in the Bible. It is a picture of strength and solution in solidarity. We find this miraculous story in Exodus 1 & 2 where five brave and gutsy women had a really important job to do in saving the life of a baby boy—Moses. God used Moses’ two Hebrew midwives, his mother, his young sister, and an Egyptian princess to save his life and get him to his destiny—which was to become the deliverer of a nation of people held in slavery and bondage. Their collaboration was critical and each one of them played an essential role.

What if they refused to work together because of their differences? What if they let their ages, their beliefs, their cultures or nationalities stand in the way? The story would have ended very differently.

Sisters, the world needs us to come together for a cause and a purpose that is much greater than what any one of us can manage on our own. There are multitudes waiting on the other side of our collective partnership. I know the tactic of the enemy has always been to divide us in order to conquer—in marriages, in families, in churches, in communities and nations. I also see his dirty and diabolical agenda in his plan to divide sisterhood. I have to ask myself with honesty and integrity, “Am I part of the problem, or am I part of the answer?’

I have a holy fear of stepping into conversations and places that draw lines of separation and division amongst my brothers and my sisters. The volume has turned up so loudly, especially on social media platforms. Sometimes in order to keep my heart right and my gaze heavenward I have to turn the volume off completely to hear what God says. I also need to have open, honest and risky conversations with those I don’t understand rather than having conversations about them.

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:35 (The Message)

I long to be known for love—period. I long for this to be the most definable expression of my life and I know I still have a long way to go. This can only happen when my heart is filled with the love of my Saviour, Jesus, and I allow it to permeate the hardened or judgmental places that surface from time to time. I long to be identified with a growing sisterhood that is committed and commissioned to bring a living Jesus to a hurting and dying world. I choose to stand in solidarity with my sisters locally and globally, knowing that as I do we will rise in strength and see His Kingdom come and His will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.