Never steal the glory that belongs to His Son.
The human race is eaten up with pride. Much of what we do in life stems from a desire to succeed, to be counted “worthy,” to impress others, or to achieve status. But according to this verse, we should “take pride” in nothing other than Jesus and what He has done for us. If there is anything in our lives that is of eternal value, it is only what He does through us, not what we accomplish on our own.
For apart from Me, you can do nothing. —John 15:5
If this concept seems hard to understand, it may be because we are looking to men, and not to God, to measure our worth.
For they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God. —John 12:43
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another, and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God? —John 5:44
In regard to the women working outside the home, all your discussion has been about married women. How does this apply to a single woman? I am single and love the Lord, but I’m responsible to pay my own bills, etc. I have a 40-hour-per-week job, and I love to serve the Lord with the rest of my time. I desire a Godly husband, but he’s not in the picture yet. I like what you’ve said, but how does it apply to us single women?
There is nothing in Scripture that suggests an unmarried woman should not work outside the home. However, there is one key verse that we think you should keep in mind as you make decisions regarding where you work, what you do, and your reasons for doing it:
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. —Proverbs 31:12
This would mean that even the things she did BEFORE she was married were “good” for her husband. As a single woman, you are not yet under the authority of a husband so you do not have to deal with the conflict of authority and other issues that can be so damaging to a marriage. But what you do need to be aware of is the development of attitudes and habits that potentially could adversely affect your future marriage. Is your work helping you develop a “gentle and quiet spirit”?
but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. —1 Peter 3:4
Scripture does encourage single people to devote themselves to the things of the Lord while they are single because of their ability to serve with a whole-heartedness that a married person cannot:
And the woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. —1 Corinthians 7:34
By taking advantage of the opportunities for ministry around you, you are not only making the best use of the time the Lord has given you while you are single, but you are also enhancing your future marriage with the experiences you will gain.
Therefore, money should not be the driving force of a single person’s employment decision. For a woman to choose hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners, career-climbing employment, traveling Monday through Friday, despite the amount of income, it will probably work against her in the long run. You don’t want to run the risk of losing the God-given, soft-flower characteristics your future husband will want and need. Rarely, almost never, do husbands need more income from their wives. Rather, they need a wife who will love them, pray for them and encourage them to help build a Christ-centered life for their family.
Compass has an eye-opening presentation entitled Back to the Garden, a conference presentation by Susie Perkins, that looks at God’s design for a woman in marriage. It’s good, not only for married women but also for single women so they can look to the future and plan accordingly.
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