Inside: Our faith in God as mothers shows our devotion to Christ, what we think is the best isn’t always God’s best and our legacy of faith extends farther into the future then we can imagine. Following the example of Salome, a Biblical woman of influence, we can make our faith matter.
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Today, I have the honor of sharing at Angel’s site, Experience His Freedom, and in her series “Biblical Women of Influence” running the month of May. You will find the highlights and lessons from these Biblical Beauties of the Bible.
Do you know who Salome is from the Bible? You might have first thought of Herod’s daughter who danced for him and then requested the head of John the Baptist. I’m not talking about that Salome.
The Salome I have in mind is the mother of Zebedee’s sons, also known as the mother of James and John, two important disciples of Jesus Christ.
Zebedee, who was a fisherman, was Salome’s husband. The Bible alludes to the fact that Zebedee was a prosperous fisherman, so the family relied on James and John to help out in the family’s business.
Our Faith in God
In the chapters of Matthew and Mark, we read that Jesus approached James and John and asked them to follow Him. Following Jesus meant: to leave behind their family, their possession of a successful family business, and live a life of ministry.
21 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too.
22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
The Bible says the boys immediately followed Jesus, so we need to assume; God had been working in the hearts of Zebedee and his wife well before Jesus called them.
Salome nor her husband interfered or tried to talk their sons out of it. None of the parties involved had excuses nor offered delays. This tells me that they already knew and found Jesus ministry important.
What We Can Learn From This Biblical Woman of Influence
Our Devotion to Christ is Important to Our Kids
As we can see from their respective books in the Bible, we know Salome raised godly boys. She was devoted to Jesus and allowed her children to leave their family’s business and participate in a low-paying, sacrificial lifestyle. I surmise this had been talked about ahead of time and both parents gave their blessings to James and John joining in this ministry.
Salome was a devoted follower, as she was part of the crowds of listeners, and she was present at the cross. Many of Jesus’ followers and disciples fled in fear during the events of the crucifixion, but Salome was present with Mary in allegiance to her Lord.
Once Jesus was in the tomb, Salome was a part of the group of ladies who brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus. She was also present at the empty tomb on Easter and was one of the first to share with the disciples and other followers about the Resurrection.Where we spend our time is a direct sign of what we think is important. #lifepriorities #yourchoicesreflectyourpriorities Click To Tweet
It’s crucial that we seek first the Kingdom of God. Salome clearly demonstrates Who was important.
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