Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Single? - Part IV: Provide for His Body

This is the fourth post in a series on being a Proverbs 31 single. Read the other posts by clicking their respective links: Part I, Part II, and Part III.

We have been learning what it means to be a Proverbs 31 single--that is, what it means to us as single people to see ourselves as the Bride of Christ, even though we are at the moment unmarried. Today we'll look at verse 14 and 15 of Proverbs 31.

Part IV: Provide for His Body

She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
- Proverbs 31:14-15, NKJV

Look at the picture of this industrious woman! She brings food from afar--meaning that she travels long distances to obtain it. She rises while it is still night--so in the wee hours of the morning, she is up and at work for her household. She provides for her whole house--even her maidservants--presumably, before herself. This is a busy woman, constantly labouring for others. Does she even have time to give a thought to herself? It doesn't look like it! She's too busy caring for others! We learn several things from her:

1. Christian, will you go to great lengths for the Body of Christ?

How far will we travel to help a brother or sister in need? How much will we sacrifice for them? How often do we forget about ourselves because we're too busy thinking of how we can serve others within the Body?

2. Christian, will you rise while it is yet night?

Will you get up in the small hours of the morning and pray for the brethren, in order to secure the blessings of Heaven on their behalf? Understand that I am preaching to myself as much as to you, but as I discover the importance of prayer, I want to admonish the Christians I know to pray! We have such a blessing in prayer! It is how we secure grace and mercy in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16) and we are promised that if we ask anything in the name of Christ, He will do so that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14:13). Ask! Seek! Knock! (Matthew 7:7)

3. Christian, how are you providing for the Body of Christ?

What are we doing to meet the needs of the brethren? Remember that Christ said, "If you do it to the least of these, My brethren, you have done it to Me" (Matthew 25:40). How are we providing for the hungry? the thirsty? the poor? the naked? the stranger? the sick? the imprisoned?

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