The Church…An enterprising business woman – Steve Clark
In brief: Embrace your gifts and abilities in business as part of Gods purpose for you and His church. It is part of the full expression of the Church, a bride operating with wisdom and noble character and receiving praise and reward.
The Church is known as the bride of Christ. We, her members, are the Church; we are the bride, we are to be the wife of noble character depicted in Proverbs 31:10-31.
Did you know that each part of this scripture starts with a letter of the Jewish alphabet? It is a poem, a song with structure, with a plan and with beauty. So it is with the Church, His bride – God has a beautiful plan – it starts with A – a Church of wise and noble character and finishes with Z – Praise and Reward.
Proverbs depicts a noble, hard working and diligent wife receiving praise and reward. Read this passage through the lens of a Church (wife) with a business and commercial focus. A Church with a community focus – helping the poor. A Church which cares for its family.
With a Business lens to this passage, we the church individually and together:
- find materials and add value to them
- trade and import goods from overseas
- get up early to feed our family and plan work for others to be productive
- buy land and businesses
- work hard, strong and energetically
- ensure the businesses are profitable so work into the night too
- have multiple income streams and businesses
- are not idle
- are sufficiently prepared and confident in the event of bear markets and economic downturn
- operate with confidence, knowing we are clothed in scarlet (the blood of Jesus has put us in right standing)
- operate with authority and excellence, as one who is in royal robes of purple
- help the poor
- manage our household well
- will be praised and rewarded
Note, that her heart, her purpose is to bless her husband and to care and provide for her family; ‘to love God with all her heart and others as herself’.
It is interesting that both she and her husband (God) are honoured and respected at the place of decision making and authority (the city gate). As the Church operates in her full gifts and abilities, in commerce, in providing for her family and her deeds are known in the community, she and her husband are honoured and wise counsel sought at government level. Our Senior Pastor, Ps Paul de Jong, has said that the Church will not be able to be ignored in our country, whether you love her or despise her, you won’t be able to side step or ignore her.
Embrace and activate your gifts and abilities in business as part of God’s purpose for you and His Church. It is part of the full expression of the Church, Christ’s bride, operating with wisdom and noble character and ultimately being praised and rewarded.
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
If you’d like to contact Steve you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org