You are welcome to the concluding part of this teaching. There is no doubt that you have been blessed! In the last segment, I have shown you the virtuous woman as one who fears God. Today, I want to discuss another vital quality of a virtuous woman – A Productive Woman.
A virtuous woman is productive. Her hands are never idle. She is creative and industrious. Her hands are ‘finding’ hands. No matter her status as a virtuous woman, she must be productive and works with her hands. The Word of God says: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands (Proverbs 31:10 & 13).
Sometime ago, God spoke these words to my heart, “Faith, you are born a blessing not a burden”. So, I picked up my Bible and wrote those words in it. In every new Bible I get, I write them on the first page, because I am determined to be a blessing to my generation and not a burden.
No matter the position of a virtuous woman, she is always productive and works with her hands. For you to be a creature of worth and value, you must be determined to be productive. I have observed that no man wants a wife that will be a burden to him. Every man wants a woman that will be an asset and not a liability. If a woman is not productive, she will invariably be burdensome to her spouse.
As a woman, there are many things your hands can find to do; all you need is to open your heart to God for divine ideas. When those ideas come, arrest them and don’t let them go. Many people have had all manner of ideas come into their hearts, but they have allowed them to slip away. I always have a pen and a piece of paper to write down ideas, wherever I am, as ideas drop into my spirit. Sometimes, certain ideas come to me while in church. For instance, we had a major Women’s Convention sometime ago, I received the theme of that meeting while in church, and I quickly wrote it down.
Woman, it is time you begin to arrest ideas as they come. As God speaks to you or as certain things drop into your spirit-man, don’t procrastinate and say, “Later on I will put it down.” Write it immediately! Your brain has great abilities, but it is also prone to forget. Make use of pen and paper; they never forget!
The Word of God says: And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul (Acts 16:14). A virtuous woman who is productive will always stretch forth her hand to others. The Word of God says: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy (Proverbs 31:20). This verse of scripture shows us that a virtuous woman doesn’t wait for the poor and needy to come to her, she goes to them. This verse illustrates an important aspect of her life. She is generous, merciful, and sensitive to the needs of others; a willing and cheerful giver of her wealth as well as her time, thoughtfulness, and strength. She is never too busy with her own affairs to go to the aid of others.
A virtuous woman is dedicated to the welfare of her household. God does not unreasonably expect more from us than He has given us the ability and strength to do. Verse 13 says she worketh willingly with her hands. Working willingly is a mental attitude. It is being pleased with housework, having a desire to work. The Word of God says: She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens (Proverbs 31:15). Woman, when it is time to work, go about your job, business or ministry diligently. Never let a day come and go without defining clearly what you have accomplished for that day. If your type of job gives you extra time, invest that time, don’t while it away.
Perhaps, you are a home maker, that is, you are at home, full time. Don’t say, “I don’t have a job.” That is a job. A wise man once said, and I believe it very strongly, that the greatest factory where the most important product on earth is manufactured, is the home. That is true, because the home is where the next generation of human beings are produced. If you are a home maker, be one with a difference! Let your family feel your impact. Be up early, tidy up the house, prepare good meals and get their clothes ready. Be diligent at your chores. Let your home be an example for others to follow. The Word of God says: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men (Proverbs 22:29-23:1).
If you are not born again, you don’t have what it takes to be productive. Do you want to give your life to Christ? Say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).