My wife Tracie and I had the amazing opportunity to do the 4-day Inca Trail hike to the lost city of the Incans called Machu Picchu. This trek at its highest point is 13,776 feet high and is called “Dead Woman’s Pass”, and many people suffer from altitude sickness on this climb. Unfortunately my wife was one of those hikers, but I assured her that this pass was not named for her and that she was not going to die! She and I experienced so many life lessons during this trek, but one of the greatest was the constant awareness that we were better together. We started this hike together and we were going to finish it together!
In the Original Great Commission, man and woman were both created in God’s image, to rule and reign together (see Genesis 1:26-28). God blessed and commissioned them together! Since the beginning, however, the enemy’s plan was to weaken the power of their partnership together by keeping them divided. And since then, men and women have learned to relate to one another through control, manipulation and lust, instead of through honor, love and respect as God intended.
The Good News, though, is when Jesus came, He restored this Original Great Commission by pouring out His Spirit on sons AND daughters, on men and women (see Acts 2:17-18). Galatians 3:28-29 (TPT) says it so well, “And we no longer see each other in our former state—Jew or non-Jew, slave or free, male or female—because we’re all one through our union with Jesus Christ with no distinction between us. And since you’ve been united to Jesus the Messiah, you are now Abraham’s “child” and inherit all the promises of the kingdom realm!” There it is– when we begin to come together again and honor men and women in powerful partnerships, we will see God’s Kingdom authority released in a greater measure and we will see His promises for the earth fulfilled. We are truly better together!