13 THE CHURCH selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 THE CHURCH is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 THE CHURCH gets up while it is still dark; THE CHURCH provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 THE CHURCH considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 THE CHURCH sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 THE CHURCH sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand THE CHURCH holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
In the picture of the virtuous woman, she worked creatively, supplied her household with provision, rose early to get ahead of the work and found ways to generate profits. To be a virtuous church, we need a DIY (do it yourself) attitude. Instead of waiting for someone to rescue us and supply our needs, we find ways to make things happen. This keeps us from developing a generational dysfunction expecting the government or church hierarchy to keep us afloat.
Hard work combined with genuine love make the difference between us being a welfare church and one that is self-reliant.
We recognize the high value of outside support and are utterly dependent on God’s grace and provision. But we are not lazy. We have a job to do and we work hard at it.
There is a holistic prosperity that comes to those who give their heart (and their back) to Jesus. Prosperity comes to the soul and has little to do with cash reserves.
What about you? Has your love for Jesus translated into vigorous good work? Have you found ways to take care of the Lord’s household?