Should women work?

I’m sorry, that was a deliberately provocative title. Of course they should. The real question is how should women work?

A few years ago I was asked to address this question with the ladies from my church. I asked each of them to write down on a piece of paper what they felt the most valuable thing they had ever done. I never collected the papers in, so I don’t actually know what they said! But I then passed each lady a second slip of paper. This time I asked them to write down how much they were paid for this ‘most valuable thing’. This time I did collect the papers in.

I read them out: “Nothing; nothing; nothing; nothing; nothing…” and so it went on – all eighteen women wrote exactly the same thing – apart from one who wrote ‘a box of chocolates!’

Their responses forcefully made the point I had been hoping would become clear: What work should a woman do? A woman should do the most valuable work that God equips her for and gives her opportunity to do.

How sad it is when women (or men) derive their value of the size of their paycheck, or the status of their job. Women whose husbands are able (and willing) to provide for them have the wonderful freedom to choose any God-honouring work they like. How liberating to not have to worry about rates of pay and pensions and contracts, and to just choose work based on its value to others, rather than on its perceived value to me.

Of course, not all are in this happy position. Those who are unmarried, or whose husbands are unemployed or on very low wages do not have this freedom. They then have a responsibility for their own families and for themselves to be bread-winners, and frustrating though this will sometimes be, there is no shame in it.

But how sad to see ladies feeling forced to work long hours because they don’t have confidence that they will be valuable otherwise. How sad to see ladies chasing promotion and paychecks simply to fund overseas holidays, the second car and a conservatory to relax in (none of which they would need if they didn’t take paid work in the first place).

And how refreshing to read Sarah Herbert (as a single girl) thinking seriously about switching from full-time to part-time work. And her reason?

What I am to be concerned about is serving the Lord right now. Right now, in this perfect stage in my life where God has placed me, what is the best way to be undivided in my devotion to the Lord?… Single people, like me, need to continually be evaluating how we are purposefully choosing to use our time right now for the Lord. The solitary, most recurring piece of advice that I receive from married women is to use the time that I have now for the Lord, as it is a fleeting window of time that I can wholeheartedly pursue Christ… Knowing that singleness is a gift from God, and that I cannot control the duration of this gift, how can I use it to be most effective for my King?

Comments

  1. hi every bodyi would like to know wether you talk about christienty or about women s work …
    and i have one idea that needs more clarification i mean the word GOD is not clear enough….thnx

  2. I have found…and I do not speak lightly…that the most
    valuable work that we as Christians can do…single or married,
    male or female, young or old…is to LABOUR TO GO INTO REST.

    Joshua learned to sit in the Presence of God and soak it in…and when the time
    was right he could be the leader to the the people into the promised
    land.

    It is the Presence of God that changes us inside out…and it is the glory of
    God that will change our world, our cities, our nations.

    I left everything and started helping homeless people and
    heroin addicts…like the good Samarathan…
    I got totally drained…I was almost destroyed in the process…
    I was not yet “wet” enough, soaked enough, inside out…
    there was still dry places in me when I walked out in faith…
    and being dry…ministering to dry people…it doesn’t work.
    Those needy people need you to drip with the annointing…
    They need you to not be ancle deep, knee deep, but totally
    saturated with God.

    I was wet..but not wet enough…and in the heat of the b
    battle I didn’t fill up enough…

    So there was results…in the beginning especially…but it
    started fading, like Moses’s face the glory started fading,
    because he wasn’t enough in God’s presence anymore.

    I feel like I went full circle…Yes, James said show me your works
    and I will show you your faith…Yes, Jesus said we need to FO what
    He said and not only be hearers of the Word in order to
    have our house built on the rock… Yes there is a dying world
    and we are supposed to care and stop for the dying man
    next to the road and not walk passed obsessed with ourselves and
    our comfort like the Pharisee and the Levite in the parable of
    Jesus….
    Yes, all this is true.
    But there is another Truth, that precedes these Truths…

    Jesus opened his sermon on the Mountain, his first public address,
    with the Words…blessed is the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom.
    Without Him, you can do nothing.
    Even Jesus claimed that kind of desperate dependancy
    on the Father and His guidance during His ministry.

    The fact is – you can’t do it.
    Jesus said “heal the sick”. You can’t do that. You can pray uyes, but that’s not what He said, He said heal them.
    Jesus didn’t say encourage the sick, or pray for them. He said to heal them.
    He said to the disciples “you feed them”.
    Jesus said “be perfect”.

    You can’t work and do what God wants.
    None of us can.
    We need supernatural invation of heav en on earth.
    We need the Glory of God to invade earth, to do God’s works.

    So we get that by realizing our dependancy, and starting with the first
    commandment – to love God first, and to receive His love.
    When we are saturated with His love, we can love Him back in the way He wants.
    And then we can love people with supernatural love.
    And God can be revealed.

    That’s why I say, labour to go into rest, as the book
    of Hebrews says, is where it starts.

    PS: Here’s a very encouraging teaching to download about
    Miracles http://www.winvin.org/node/136

  3. Should we work?

    Since we are under our husband’s authority concerning the family, that’s where the answer is.

    Does your husband want you to work? If yes, then work. If no, then don’t.

    Submitting to our husband’s authority can make some questions really easy to answer :)

  4. Eric Thomas says:

    I think women are worth more than sitting at home and having babies and etc I believe women have alot more to offer than just that.

  5. Dharam Paul says:

    Women should not work but She has to stay home to do her actual duty which is more important to earn a few money. Because every successful man has a big hand of women. Which is possible if She is free to do her actual duty to give the SANKARS right from before the birth of her child and upto his whole life, may be she is his Mom, Sister, Wife… By this way Social will improve his humin behaviour and will be free from major part of crime from the Social. Other wise the seen is before us. Which we are facing day to day.

  6. Dharam Paul says:

    Women should not work but She has to stay home to do her actual duty which is more important to earn a few money. Because every successful man has a big hand of women. Which is possible if She is free to do her actual duty to give the SANKARS right from before the birth of her child and upto his whole life, may be she is his Mom, Sister, Wife… By this way Social will improve his humin behaviour and will be free from major part of crime from the Social. Other wise the seen is before us. Which we are facing day to day. Although some women are more efficient but the social where she could play the major roll and could not get the benefits of the Gods best creation (women) for social.

    Thanks

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