The Chosen Lady
“This is letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth—“ (2 John 1.1 NLT).
Some scholars claim that John was writing metaphorically to the church, not a specific lady. He is one of the major pillars of the Church and probably the last remaining of the original apostles. How could this faith giant waste his time writing to a single woman and her children? Culturally during this time, women did not have much power or prominence, and their worlds revolved mostly around the home. But the Apostle John, who invites us to love all God’s children equally, does not play favorites. He brings women alongside men as important figures in God’s Kingdom who have the right to learn, to work, to be rewarded and to be loved. John values the work that this woman has accomplished, and he writes her to make sure that she does not lose the rewards for her efforts. No one will ever know what work she had accomplished—whether it be as a mother, church leader, evangelist, etc.—but we do know that she has a purpose and a destiny, and she is working diligently for God’s Kingdom. The fact that the Apostle John sees her deeds and cares about them says volumes about how much he values her and her work. For the Apostle John to take time to write to an individual and not just focus on writing to the masses shows that he didn’t think so highly of himself that he couldn’t stop to help a friend. Let none of us get to the point that we don’t have time to love and encourage the individuals that God has placed directly on our paths, regardless of their gender, race, income or the degrees and acclaims they have received.
“Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward” (2 John 1.8 ESV).