Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Single? - Part V: Be About His Work

This is the fifth post in a series on being a Proverbs 31 Single. Read the other posts in the series by clicking their respective links: Part IPart IIPart III, and Part IV.

Proverbs 31 is about the virtuous wife, and we are the Bride of Christ. I want to challenge my single sisters (and brothers) to see themselves as the Church and see Christ as their Bridegroom. He is our Sovereign; He is our Lord; He is our Master. When He speaks, we are silent. When He commands, we obey. We submit to His authority.

Part V: Be About His Work

She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
- Proverbs 31:16, NKJV

Many women think that the ideal wife stays at home all day cleaning house and cooking dinner. While these are definitely domestic tasks which can fall within a woman's role as being in charge of the home, a virtuous wife is very industrious. She is also frugal and shrewd. We can learn much from her.

1. The shrewd Church

Didn't Jesus say that the children of the world were more shrewd with their money than the children of God? Those who are unsaved know better how to use money and wealth than the children of Heaven. We are to be wise as serpents yet as harmless as doves. We are to be good stewards of the resources God gives us and put them to work for Him. We are to be honest, yet wary. Not easily taken-advantage-of. We are to be innocent of sin, but not so naive that we can't spot a crook when we see one. We are to be wise and discerning just as the virtuous wife shrewdly considers a field and buys it. If she had dealt with a crook, she would not have had money left over to plant a vineyard. If we give our money to crooks, we will have none to give to the work of God.

2. The purposeful Church

She buys a field and has enough money left over to plant a vineyard there. From her thoughtful consideration of the field, one may assume that she planned out her purposes for buying the field before she purchased it. She is a planner. She is purposeful in her activity.

3.  The Church about God's work

God is in the business of planting vineyards. Jesus said that He was the true Vine. All other vines are pictures of Him--just as marriages are pictures of the marriage of Christ and His Church. If we see here the Church planting a vineyard, where she intends fruit to grow, then Jesus Himself says that God the Father is the Husbandman who cares for the vine and causes it to grow. All those who are in the vine will bear fruit according to the will of the Husbandman. It is the work of the Church to be planting vineyards around the world and bringing those into the vine of Christ who were not previously there.

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