Today is the day on which I was born--June 8. Birthdays generally have been times of celebration and revelation. One is revealed to the world on the day of one's birth, revealed again at "Sweet Sixteen" parties, and revealed as an adult member of society at twenty-first birthday parties. These "coming out" parties were particularly useful at times when there were significantly fewer opportunities for social interaction beyond one's extended family. In modern culture, and because of the Internet, the average teenager has hundreds of "friends" globally. Yet, revelation can nonetheless have purpose.
Today is a day on which I am to be revealed to the world, not as the lawyer, blogger, author that I am, but more importantly, as a woman of revelation appointed by God. A woman of revelation gives renewed life to the people of God during a time of distress and turmoil, such as the times in which we now live. She speaks with power, with determination, with zeal, and with passion for God's message of reconciliation. She never fails in her mission to light the fire of revival in the hearts of God's people. Some will ignore her message of hope, others will ridicule it, but the people who know their God will gladly receive it.
There have been several women of revelation in the Bible, among whom are Esther, Eunice, and Phoebe, the three who were appointed by God. The book of Esther in the Old Testament describes Esther's life and ministry. Scripturally, not much has been written about the New Testament women of revelation, Eunice and Phoebe. Nonetheless, they played a critical role of breathing new life into the church during times of persecution and turmoil.
The 21st century woman of revelation has a unique role. She not only must revive God's people, but also, she must prepare their hearts to receive the Messiah. She also must reveal who God is to a people whose understanding of him is at best, sublime. When he ultimately is revealed to his people, they are catapulted into a new dimension of spirituality. They have a renewed mind, a renewed spirit, and a renewed zeal for the things of God. They have a purpose that is eternal.