The Proverbs 31 woman WORKS IT!

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When our culture thinks of Christian women there is a flood of stereotypes to our collective mind. One such stereotype is the quiet submissive stay-at-home mom. That view of a Christian woman is one that has persisted through time. However, what I am going to present is a view of a Christian woman that will go against the traditional view. I suggest that the Christian woman works it. The typical view of the Christian woman is not preferred but an option. There are four verses from Proverbs 31 that will inform our discussion on the Christian woman working it.

Proverbs 31:13 (ESV) She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.

Wool and flax are materials used in making clothing, which is not to suggest that the only job that a woman can work is in fashion or clothing manufacturing. At the time of the writer of Proverbs the only “jobs” women could have were those related to a homemaker type role. That is not a biblical mandate but a clue to the cultural context of the passage. The important part is the second half; the woman of God does her work willingly and with gladness. The woman of God takes seriously the call of 1 Corinth. 10:31 “whatever you do, do to the glory of God”. She is willing to work because she knows that whatever it is she does it is for the glory of God. The Proverbs 31 Woman WORKS IT!

Proverbs 31:19, 22 (ESV) “19 She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.” “22 She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Again we can see the cultural influences here. The distaff and spindle are tools used in the working of cloth. Our focus, however, is that her clothing is fine linen. The Proverbs 31 Woman is skilled. This woman is skilled at what she labors in doing, it is not a hobby or a job, but for the woman of God it is a craft. Not a craft as in the construction paper sense but that she considers her work an art. The woman of God takes pride in what she does because it is for the glory of God. She does not settle for good enough; no, the Proverbs 31 Woman WORKS IT!

Proverbs 31:31 (ESV) Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

She lets her work do the talking. She does not boast about how good a worker she is or how good the products that she makes are, but lets the quality of her craftsmanship do the talking. The reference to the gates in this passage refers to the place where all the elders and distinguished people of the town hung out. It is in that place specifically in which she receives honor and praise for the quality of her work.

The Fellows Feedback

Alright guys how do we respond to this? In the Christian culture men are supposed to be leaders. If you are a Christian man and you want to be the leader in the home then you must do these things as well. The call to work hard, well, and for the glory of God is not just for the ladies. There is a great quote from a book on manhood and I share it with you here “The virtues we need to work well are the same we need to love our spouses well”.[1] One of the common misconceptions in society is that the woman does the cooking. If you are in that boat, I have to tell you that you are wrong, sorry, not sorry. If you want a Proverbs 31 Woman, then know that she is going to work her tail off at work and will be dog tired when she walks through that door. So the truth of the matter is if you want to be the leader of your home, then you must make yourself last (Matthew 20:16). So for the love of God and woman cook a meal a couple times a week. The kitchen is not solely her domain. Look up a recipe and follow it cooking is actually really easy. You can do it, man of God.

The Woman of God Works it? NO

The Man of God Works it? NO

The Child of God Works it? ALWAYS!

[1] Darrin Patrick The Dude’s Guide To Manhood. P. 44

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