For a remnant of my people will spread out from Jerusalem a group of survivors from Mount Zion. The passion of the LORD Almighty will make this happen! 2 Kings 19:31.
There it is again, ‘the remnant’. It has been swirling around in my mind for years, popping up here and there from the depths of my being. The remnant.
I first heard of the remnant, some years ago, perhaps fix or six now, maybe longer, from a friend. He felt God asking him to gather a remnant. Since that time the Holy Spirit whispers remnant to me and it resonates with my soul, as if it has always been a part of me, a part of eternity that God has placed in my heart.
One of my best friends and I often talk about the remnant when we’re together, asking what does the remnant look like, who is the remnant? And, a new question I am now asking, “what role as women and believers in Christ do we play in the remnant?”
A remnant is the part of something that is left when the other parts are gone; a small surviving group. During the Old Testament a remnant was usually described as the survivors of Israelites from captivity that God used to continue his people. Paul used remnant in the New Testament to show God’s purpose of bringing believing Jews and Gentiles together to form the Church, the new people of God, who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
In one exhaustive concordance I found 65 occurrences of remnants. That is quite a few, in my opinion, for a subject that gets little to no attention. I am beginning to understand and believe that we are all a part of a remnant; a group of believers part of faith families and communities that have one major component. A spark. A spark that remains. A spark that can be fanned into a roaring flame by the power of the Holy Spirit. A spark of faith.
I also believe God is calling women throughout the Body of Christ to rise up in faith and step into their anointing and use the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit. Some are vision casters, some are door openers, some are both. All are catalyst. All women of Christ can be used by the Holy Spirit to reveal change or action that He will bring about. The question is, are you willing?
Are you willing to step into your inheritance in Christ, to be used by him as a catalyst and part of a remnant, with a spark of faith? A spark that only he can grow into a consuming fire? Going wherever He takes you and however that looks?
Today I choose to be a part of the remnant I have been placed in for the sake of Jesus Christ and the spreading of his Good News.
So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. Romans 11:5.