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Women at Work (Proverbs 31:10-31)

Dennis R. Wiles, October 13, 2013
Part of the Fruit of Our Labor - Theology of Work series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington
October 13, 2013

Fruit of Our Labor
Theology of Work
Women at Work
Proverbs 31:10-31

Text: Proverbs 31:10-31

Theology of Work: Work is not gender specific

Theology of Work
The God of the Bible is a God who works. He is the Creator of the universe and it is an expression of His will. He created human beings to bear His image and reflect His glory in creation. As image-bearers, we have been called to work as well. It is a part of our unique design. In order to fulfill God’s desire for us to join Him in His work, He has given us the various gifts needed to accomplish this task. As we engage ourselves in the meaningful labor available to us, we develop a healthy independence from others. This independence does not separate us or isolate us from the community of believers in particular or the society at large. In fact, just the opposite occurs! We are able to assist those who are dependent because of our healthy independence. We also can employ our gifts and skills to enhance the common good for all people. We can live in interdependent relationships that are beneficial to both us and those around us.

In God’s original design, men and women were created as co-rulers over His creation. Both men and women were given the responsibility of bearing His image and reflecting His glory in creation.
-Dennis R. Wiles

What is the Bible’s perspective on women and work?

Genesis 1-3; Exodus 15, Judges 4-5; Esther; Proverbs 31; Luke 8:1-3; Romans 16; Colossians 4:15

There is no evidence for hierarchical relationships between men and women in God’s original design. And – women play prominent roles in the ministries of both Jesus and Paul.

Women are created in the image of God with all rights and responsibilities associated with this privilege.

Proverbs 31 paints a portrait of a woman who is entrepreneurial, industrious and Godly – who is managing both business and family responsibilities.

What about women in the workplace today?

There are issues of reality unique to women in the workplace.

Embrace your stage of life!

Seek God’s wisdom, God’s power and the support of the church as you seek to manage your responsibilities.

Proverbs 31:10-31

10  An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates. (ESV)