Be Not Slothful in Business (Romans 12:11)
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
God’s signature woman, that is a Proverbs 31 woman. Many characteristics embody this vision in the heart of God. She is beautiful and intelligent inside and out; a true lady of virtue and excellence. Her goal and purpose is to be a daughter honorable in the sight of God. She is one to be treasured, recognized, and adored. What makes this woman who she is?
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
This woman’s relationship with God set her apart from the rest. He permeated every area and aspect of her life. He was her guide, strength, and source. He was her everything. Her love for God spilled over and created in her an awesome love of people. She was “others-centered” versus self-centered. She found delight in the work God gave her to do
(Psalms 37:4). She counted it an honor and a privilege to serve her maker, her King in any way she possibly could. This woman was no stranger to work, as we should be.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Everything that God has told you to do can be considered work unto Him. From your purpose and calling to your job to your service in your church, If God told you to do any of those things they are considered work unto Him. An issue that often comes up in relation to these are individuals that get so wrapped up in the work itself they forget their motivation for the work. We often forget to look at the bigger picture. Our focus gets diverted, especially when times get hard and many different things are competing for our attention. In this world, we can often have the right heart towards God, but get easily distracted with things of this world. God is looking for someone to trust Him and rely on His power and anointing to get His plan done in the Earth. If God told you to do something He has already put inside you what is needed to accomplish the task. However, you cannot do it alone. You were never meant to. God gives you the task, dream, or vision and then gives you His anointing to carry it out to completion. “Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it” (I Thess. 5:24). We work and are obedient because we love Him. We do our work not as unto ourselves but unto Him. If we all had this mindset we would never compromise our standards and always do our work in excellence. Every person can remember an instance in their life when they did not put forth their best effort. We have all done enough to just get by, at least once in our lives. However, God is calling us to a higher standard. We are representatives of God and that should be seen in EVERYTHING we do. However, often times we continually work for the approval of others and not of God. If we looked to God for approval, work would inevitably be more fun and the sense of accomplishment afterward would be more worthwhile.
I Corinthians 16:57-58
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Everything God has told us to do is for a reason and has a purpose. Sometimes the reason is foreign to us, but that is where trust and reliance in God comes in. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God knows the thoughts that He thinks towards us and that they are not for evil, but for an expected end. Sometimes God will tell you to do some things and you cannot see the reason why he told you to do these things. You must trust Him, be obedient, and always expect the best. God knows you better than you know yourself, after all He created you! God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us. His love is unconditional. Therefore, He would never knowingly tell you to do something that is not in your best interest. You MUST trust Him. Think of yourself as a trapeze artist and God as your harness. Your harness is always there for support to hold you up in whatever you might do. Even for those that choose to take off the harness who believes that they can do things themselves; God still supplies a net of mercy down below to protect you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Know that the things you do in the name of God are not in vain, so strive for the ultimate recognition, not from man, but from its author and creator God.