Friday, April 27, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Single? - Part III: Willingly Work for Him

This is Part III in a series of posts on living as a Proverbs 31 single.  To read Parts I and II, go HERE and HERE.

This is my continued challenge to my Christian sisters and brothers to see yourselves as the Proverbs 31 single--I should say as the Proverbs 31 Christian or Bride of Christ.  To think of yourselves as the Bride of Christ and of Jesus as your Heavenly Bridegroom, labouring intently for Him and for His Body and Brethren, the Church.

Part III: Willingly Work for Him
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
- Proverbs 31:13, NKJV
This is a hard Scripture for me, as I will admit I have struggled with idleness and sloth.  It is hard to hear Scripture's exhortations to work; it is not in my nature to want to work.  It is my nature to love comfort and ease.  But the virtuous Bride--the Proverbs 31 Christian--is different.  She sees and seizes the opportunity to serve her Lord and her Family.  There are several lessons we can learn from her.

I want to consider them out of order:

3. She works with her hands

She is using her hands.  She is doing the manual labor; she is doing the work herself.  She is not waiting for someone else to do it.  She is taking the initiative to provide for her household.  What do we do as the Bride of Christ?  Are we actively providing for the household of faith?  Or are we waiting for someone else to do it?  When we see a need do we hurry to meet it?  Or do we comfort ourselves that surely someone else will take care of it?  It is our privilege to meet the needs of the Body!  Let us always see it that way!

2. She works willingly

Here again, we see her labor of love.  It is not something she is forced or coerced into against her will.  She wants to work to provide for her family.  How much are we willing to work to provide for the Body of Christ?  Do we count it a joy and a privilege?  We ought to!  Let it be so!

1. She seeks tools for her work

She is actively seeking the tools she will need for her work.  It is not a passive thing.  Are we actively seeking the tools we need to meet the needs of the Body of Christ?  What are our tools, as Christians?  What do we actively need to be seeking in order to meet the needs of others?

Our Tools:

- The Word of God - We must seek an accurate and thorough understanding of it, so that we may rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

- Prayer - By prayer, we will call down the blessings of God for others; we will be intercessors on their behalf, coming boldly before the throne of grace, that we may find mercy and grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

These tools are useful for bringing us into closer communion with Christ, who is the One through whom we can do all things, and therefore provide for the Body...for it is He who works in and through us to will and to do all His good pleasure.