This past summer, my husband, Brian, and I led 21 college students on a cross-cultural trip to Greece. It is hard for me to describe how it felt to stand in places like ancient Philippi, Ephesus, Thessaloniki, and Corinth. To know that Paul, and many other prominent Biblical figures, stood on that very same ground was amazing!
Our day in Corinth shaped my current spiritual journey in a way I was not expecting. Our guide, Costas, had us open our Bibles to I Corinthians 11. He told us that women caught in prostitution and temple prostitutes were forced to shave their heads. A woman’s hair was related to honor and, in the eyes of this culture, these women had none. When a woman chose to denounce her former life and to follow Christ, she was still marked by her short hair for the many years it would take to grow it out. Paul asked the women of the church to cover their heads when they came to worship so that all women would appear equal. Remember, long hair was a sign of honor so Paul’s request was, in essence, asking women who had followed Jesus their whole lives to align themselves with the least and to disadvantage themselves for the sake of another as a matter of love.
So, I have been asking myself over the past few months what I can, should and must do to disadvantage myself for the sake of another, and Jesus keeps showing me ways to live obediently in this area. I wonder what it would look like at our church if we all chose to take this posture of putting the needs of others before our own. Will you join me in asking God how He wants us to disadvantage ourselves so others feel welcome?
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