BECOMING A VIRTUOUS WOMAN (2)
You are welcome to another interesting edition of this month’s teaching. There is no doubt that you caught some secrets from the last edition about the Virtuous woman? I explained to you who a Virtuous woman is and focused on trust as one of her qualities. Today, I still want to focus on her quality as a Productive and Efficient Woman.
The virtuous woman is productive. Her hands are never idle. She is creative and industrious. Her hands are ‘finding’ 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).
No matter the position of a virtuous woman, she is always productive and works with her hands. For you to be a woman 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.
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 down. In every new Bible I get, I write them down on the first page, because I am determined to be a blessing to my generation and not a burden.
The Virtuous woman takes some time to check out her work and is careful to consider that her motivation is right, that she does her work all for the glory and honour of God and not out of selfishness. She makes sure that she knows her operations, understands what is going on, and observes her merchandise. The Bible says, She perceived that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night (Proverbs 31:18).
She runs her business on a balanced budget. She gets good things, yet she is careful not to buy something that would be a financial burden on the family. It would be better to make do or go without. She has learned how to make things with little or no value into something useful and of value.
A virtuous woman is always careful to do her work and duties as unto the Lord. The Word of God says, Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). A virtuous woman is not wasteful with the material possessions the Lord has given her. She is a faithful steward of God’s blessings in her life.
Christian stewards must realize that they live, move, and have their being in Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The whole of the Christian’s life-personality, time, talent, influence, material substance, everything, must be dedicated to Christ. He is our perfect example (Philippians 2:5-9).
Christ in His stewardship demonstrated His perfection by making Himself of no reputation by taking upon Himself the form of a servant. He humbled Himself. What an example Christ, the Son of God was to us!
As a woman, how do you spend the 24- hour time God has given to you? Do you live them victoriously, having sweet fellowship with the Lord, or do you let the devil squander them away? You are the steward of your time. Avoid time wasters!
Perhaps one of the hardest things to define is time. A well-known preacher once said, “The older I get, the more I realize that perhaps the greatest gift I could give you is time. Actually, the only gift I can give you is my time. If I give you money, I give you the time it took me to earn that money. If I give you a gift, I give you the time it took me to earn the money with which I bought the gift. Perhaps, then it is true that time is the only thing that I can really give to you. “Colossians 4:5 says we should redeem the time, Psalm 90:12 tells us to number our days and apply our hearts unto wisdom; Ephesians 5:15-16 advise that we redeem the time for the days are evil and James 4:14 says, time is as a vapour. May the Lord give you understanding!
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 the 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 of her time, thoughtfulness, and strength. She is never too busy with her own affairs to go to the aid of others.
The 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, Sheriseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens (Proverbs 31:15).Women, 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).
To be a productive woman, you need God’s backing. You need the wisdom of God for productivity. Peradventure, you are not born again and you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, then, say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 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).
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