We are to the final week of the Discipline series and I want to encourage you. If you’ve fallen off the bandwagon – don’t beat yourself up – just get back up and start again. Do not give up! And in case you are wondering…I fell off the bandwagon this week with my week 1 challenge – to lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks and I’m at 2 pounds in 4 weeks - so I really need to be disciplined this week. I’m not giving up!
This weeks Discipline is Work.
Let’s begin with the origin of work. You may remember in Genesis 3:19, that after Adam and Eve sinned, God banished them from the garden and he cursed the ground. God said to Adam “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food” meaning – Adam was going to have to work hard and sweat to provide food for his family.
There was work before the fall. Actually – Adam was working before Eve had even been created. Look at Genesis 2:15:
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
Work was ordained by God in the perfect Garden of Eden. Adam was not meant to be idle. And we are not to be idle.
Work is not a curse.
Elizabeth Elliot writes:
“Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest…I never appreciated the tremendous therapeutic value of work until I lost my first husband…my husband’s death made me unutterably grateful to God for plain, ordinary housework…I was barely able to get through the day but the work was there and by the grace of God I did it.”
Work is a blessing. A Christian woman should be characterized as a woman who is willing to work hard. Colossians 3;23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” We are not working for money, status or men - we are working for the glory of God!
In Proverbs 31:13 the Proverbs 31 woman is described as having “eager hands“. She does her work willingly and with a good attitude.
I could nickname my oldest sister, Kristen, as an “eager” beaver! She is a fast moving, high energy, cooking, cleaning, multi-tasking machine! When we moved into our new home 2 years ago, the entire extended family – children and all – arrived to help me clean and unpack. She took charge from the moment she stepped into my house. She rolled her sleeves up, put on her gloves and to work she went – periodically she took a break to inspect my work and my other sister’s cleaning. Her response was “push harder – put some muscle into it!” So we sneaked away to an upstairs bathroom where we could work in a care-free environment and 30 minutes later she arrived – looked at our work and had more advice on how to clean more effectively and efficiently…I think it involved a Q-tip to clean in the cracks…lol! And by the way – it was my house and I’m slightly less wired than she is (only slightly) so I really didn’t care about the cracks! While we got a lot of laughs out of our different work ethics that day – after everyone left my husband commented on how amazingly hard and eager my sister Kristen works. I WANT that! I admire that in her! She has a very blessed family!
Would those who live in your home describe you as a woman with “eager hands“?
That’s our challenge!
Week 5 Challenge:
Work with eager hands this week! Pray and ask God to give you an eager attitude all day long. Do your work as unto the Lord. Remember the meaning behind your work in the home – all of it added up equals a well nurtured home and family. Research and find inspiration in magazines or on-line. Find a woman with eager hands and learn off of her. If all day long you have been feeding and caring for babies, listening, comforting, training, teaching, cooking and cleaning – you will be tired. REST – guilt-free! God does not condemn rest – he condemns laziness (2 Thess. 3:10).
As we end this series on the topic of work – it flows perfectly into the next 14 week series that is about to begin next Monday here on the Proverbs 31 Woman. The Proverbs 31 Woman is a diligent and disciplined woman – so we have many more weeks to grow and strengthen our discipline muscles!
Are you taking the challenge to work with eager hands this week? Leave a comment letting me know your commitment and if you are a blogger, write about this challenge or the past 4 week’s challenges and link-up below!
Walk with the King,