You may well not know that ‘More Precious’ requires its name from the Proverbs 31 lady, who is ‘more valuable than jewels’ whose God-fearing character is additional important than any supplies products or earthly status.
If you are like me, it is straightforward to skim this passage and turn out to be slightly overwhelmed by ALL that this lady achieves… she gets up early, goes to bed late, and appears to get additional carried out in a day than I do in a week!
But this is not a typical to measure ourselves against, but a passage that can inspire us by displaying us what it appears like to use our influence and sources for the glory of God. We can find out from the way the Proverbs 31 lady makes use of each and every day:
* She is productive and makes use of her time and power for the great of other individuals and glory of God: ‘She operates with eager hands’ (v13) ‘She sees that her trading is lucrative, and her lamp does not go out at night’ (v18)
* She is conscious and intentional about every little thing in her hands: ‘She watches more than the affairs of her household and does not consume the bread of idleness’ (v27)
* She shapes her life as an providing to God: ‘A lady who fears the Lord is to be praised, Honour her for all that her hands have done’ (vv30-31)
* And she makes use of her influence to bring dignity to the most vulnerable in society: ‘She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy’ (vv20-21)
Based on exactly where we reside and devote our days, some of us will be walking frequently alongside men and women who are physically needy and lack standard sources. The Bible calls us to extend our sources and be girls who ‘act justly, really like mercy and stroll humbly’ (Micah six:eight) – regardless of whether by means of our day-to-day actions or engaging with social action with our church households and neighborhood.
For some of us, it may well be that we are surrounded by men and women who are materially comfy but have a deep spiritual will need. No matter how wealthy, well known or effective somebody is – we all have a deep will need for the
grace of Jesus. So let’s be sharing God’s really like and walking alongside men and women from ALL places of society – just like Jesus did.
On a significantly bigger scale, we are all known as to be the hands and feet of Jesus,
Although Proverbs 31 shows us that we should really seek to reside justly in our daily actions, Isaiah 58 is a passage that calls us to seek justice on a bigger scale. It outlines our mandate as God’s men and women:
‘To loose the chains of injustice
And untie the cords of the yoke,
To set the oppressed free
And break just about every yoke’
The passage does not limit our actions to the little and unseen points, but it really calls us to be element of breaking unjust systems that exist in our planet.
And one particular of the biggest injustices in our planet now is that the poor and needy across our nations are becoming trafficked or forced to perform against their will. We may well assume of slavery as a factor of the previous, but a stat that completely floors me is that in our planet now, there are more than 40 million men and women trapped in slavery.
This can really feel completely overwhelming to us, and it feels not possible to know exactly where to begin.
But the situation becomes additional actual and ‘visible’ when we realise that 25 million of these men and women are in forced labour slavery, numerous of them creating items that we use just about every single day – like coffee, chocolate and makeup. One thing that can really feel so far away to our daily lives all of a sudden feels really close to dwelling – and we begin to see that our daily selections can make a massive effect.
This Lent, we’re going to be sharing articles that encourage you to step out in faith, to reside no cost of shame, to pass on the baton to our sisters in Christ, and to be courageous. We’ll be sharing sources and sensible strategies to reside our lives totally for the glory of God, just like the Proverbs 31 lady.
And we’re also going to be encouraging each and every other to take a stand and reside #slavefree. I envision if the Proverbs 31 lady was about now, she would be somebody committed to creating an effect in the little points – deliberate in the garments she buys and the selections she tends to make.
I’m excited to see what we can accomplish as a neighborhood more than the subsequent 40 days, if we channel the intentionality of the Proverbs 31 lady and remind ourselves that our Each DAY should really count for some thing larger.
So let’s get prepared to devote Lent extending our hands to the needy of this planet, and becoming additional like Jesus in our daily habits, influence and actions.
‘A great lady is difficult to uncover,
She is additional valuable than diamonds.’
‘She rolls up her sleeves, eager to get began, She senses the worth of her perform, is in no hurry to get in touch with it quits for the day’
‘She’s speedy to help everyone in will need,
Reaches out to assistance the poor.’
‘Charm can mislead, and beauty quickly fades.
But the lady to be admired and praised
Is the lady who lives in the worry of God.’
Excerpts from Proverbs 31
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious speak, 10 and if you devote yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the desires of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your evening will turn out to be like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you constantly he will satisfy your desires in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a effectively-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never ever fail.
12 Your men and women will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations you will be known as Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”