“She selects wool and flax and works with willing hands.” (Proverbs 31:13)
Now this is something I’m not sure I’ll ever come to do: sew. But, I don’t have small children running around yet, and I’m not a full-time house wife, though I only work part-time babysitting. Plus, I consider sewing an investment, and the basic idea can still be applied in other ways.
For example: I write. Writing novels is work. It takes a lot out of your brain (and hands and eyes). I do have ebooks, though I haven’t even broken even yet, but that’s not the point. I write to bring others closer to Christ, to better understand His love and His will. If I close my laptop and refuse to write, I am refusing to use this gift for God.
Using your gifts with willingness is an essential quality of the Proverbs 31 Woman. Are you lazy, bitter, insecure, or simply don’t want to use your gifts? Or do you look for opportunities to serve with your gifts, to love and help those around you to become more like Christ? I’m preaching to myself here too.
I can teach, you know I write, I’m driven, I have stamina for prayer and intercession, but if I don’t use these gifts with my 100% best effort, I’m wasting them. If I want to become a Proverbs 31 Woman, I need to work with willingness, diligence, and excellence.
Whatever your gifts are, I pray you use them willingly, knowing God is the one who gave them to you not for you, but for others. And know this: it doesn’t matter if your using your gift of praise before thousands, or before two little children, use it willingly and God will use it to do exceedingly above and beyond what you can ask or think.
If you devote yourself to good works, utilizing your gifts, you will be all the more a Proverbs 31 Woman.
Proverbs 31 Woman Prayer:
Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name I ask that you forgive me for not using my gifts with my 100% best effort. I pray whatever is holding me back will be torn down and taken out of the way. I pray You would empower me to use all my gifts for Your glory and for loving and building up others in the faith. Give me a willing heart, and renew a right spirit within me. Amen.