By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
When it comes to pleasing God, He expects us to utilize all of our abilities to further His kingdom. Among many in the church today, there is the perception that woman cannot or should not work outside of the home. There is also the thought that men should not perform any of the work within the home.
Matthew 25:24-27 (ESV): He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
The idea we can sit on any blessing, whether financial or physical is contrary to the teachings in the Bible. God expects us to utilize everything He has blessed us with, without exception. In the parable of the talent, the person who received one talent, returned one talent and God was not pleased. As a point of reference, a talent typically weighed 33 kg (75 lbs.) and gold finished the week at a value of $1,212.90 per ounce. We should always remember the immense value of a gift from God and show our appreciation by using our blessing for His glory.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV): So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Whether the woman is working outside of the home or the man is working within the home, all things should be done for God’s glory. When we focus too much on the physical, we overlook the importance of the Spiritual. Ultimately, our work to further God’s kingdom is what pleases Him. Putting physical restrictions on the use of our blessings to keep one commandment at the expense of another is not. Both parents should make it a priority to raise faithful children. Whether they are working inside the home, outside of the home, or both does not guarantee this fact. Only by making it a priority to dedicate all of our blessings to furthering God’s kingdom can we guarantee our actions are pleasing to God.