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The final topic in our Feminology series for the year is industrious. As women who love the Lord, how should our lives look when it comes to working hard and loving and serving others? I (Jackie) look forward to sharing what Adrienne has to say on this topic!

When talking about hard work, scripture exhorts us to  “consider the ant” as our example.So let’s consider the ant for just a moment. Ants can carry up to 50 times their own body weight. They group together to create rafts and bridges with their bodies to ensure their colony survives flooding. They work together and each member of the ant colony has its own specific job detail.

Ants are not unique as we see God’s creatures being instinctively hard at work throughout the animal kingdom. So it should come as no surprise that God also designed people, the crowning glory of His creation, to be industrious. The first command that God gave to Adam and Eve? “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen 1:28). Obeying this command would certainly require hard work! And this hefty job description was given to them before sin entered the world; work was part of God’s original perfect design.

In our feminology series this year, we have been examining different aspects of being godly, biblical women. And as we consider this, we must consider that God desires us to be industrious. The Lord,  in His mercy, has given us a picture in Proverbs 31 of what an industrious woman should look like. We don’t have to guess or speculate! And this picture of a godly woman is as applicable today as when it was written almost 3000 years ago.


Take a few minutes this week to read Proverbs 31. In it, you will find that the industrious woman:

–has a positive attitude about her work. Even when faced with mundane tasks, she works with “eager hands” and “sets about her work vigorously.”
–is not ruled by a desire for sleep and rest. Instead she rises early and stays up late to finish her work.
–is a resourceful woman who finds ways to contribute to her family’s financial well being.
–“opens her arms to the poor” as she serves those outside her own home.

How we apply Proverb 31 personally will look vastly different, depending on the circumstances of our own lives. There is not “one right way” to be industrious. But as godly women, let’s rely on the Lord’s strength to be intentional about working hard. Then, like the woman described in Proverbs 31, we will  bring God glory, will bless others, and will be “worth far more than rubies.”