Proverbs 31:13-15 & 17 //
“ She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.”
“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”
One of my favorite qualities in the Proverbs 31 woman is that she’s a dedicated hard worker. Verse 13 says, “She selects wool and flax with eager hands.” I’m sure that most of us aren’t harvesting sheep’s wool or picking food from fields but no matter what our career choice may be, we should be eager to do the work that God has placed in front of us. A few years ago, I learned the concept of ‘work as worship’ and it forever changed the way that I look at anything that is assigned to me (except for folding laundry…God is still working on me in that area). Consider the reasons why we work: 1) to create a functional society and home life 2) to earn money to live, eat, and thrive. Aside from these earthly reasons, God gave us work so that we may have purpose. This goes back as far as Adam. The Proverbs 31 woman knew that her work served a greater purpose. She had to feed her family, fund her businesses, and look out for other women along the way (Prov 31:15). She did her work seamlessly and it brought honor to her and her family but most of all, it was pleasing to God. Her work was worship unto Him and everyone noticed. So, how can you be eager in your work and make your work become your worship? Colossians 3:13 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for man.” Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom or an engineer, work as though Jesus is your boss—not Karen the supervisor or your 2-year-old son. Not only will your quality of work improve but so will your heart. You serve a greater purpose in this world and that purpose will always be to glorify God in everything that you do. A virtuous woman knows that people are always watching and she never misses an opportunity to allow God to shine through her work for every co-worker, friend, and non-believer to see.
Prayer for today//
Lord, thank you for blessing me with work and thank you for giving me purpose in my work. Starting today, I will glorify you in everything that I do. Remind me constantly, especially during the rough days, that you are my boss and that my work should be pleasing unto you. Allow my hard work to touch others and bring them closer to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Question to Ponder//
What is one area that I struggle with or lack desire in in my work? How can I improve and use it to glorify God?