“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” (Pro 31:16)
Jesus was, and is, one of the greatest liberators of women in history—so much so that early writings see the ‘Christian Way’ as a political movement rather than a religious one. A key reason for this was the empowerment of women. In the society of the time, women were regarded as little more than chattels.
The clearest example we have of a great businessperson in the Bible is the Proverbs 31 woman. Here is a wonderful example of wisdom, application, diligence, and fiscal responsibility.
God is definitely into having women in business, so let’s not get in His way with some of our religiosity. There is no glass ceiling in God’s economy; He will exalt women into leadership roles if they allow Him to do so.
Quick Prayer: I will honor women as You did, Jesus. Amen.
“One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.” (Act 16:14)
I cut my teeth in the textile industry in its many forms. Having spent so much time in this commercial arena, it is good to see that God even calls ‘rag traders’ into the kingdom. He is obviously no respecter of persons or professions, yet the Scripture clearly identifies Lydia with her profession.
Lydia was a dealer is purple cloth and a very successful businesswoman. She came to hear what Paul had to say. It says she was a worshiper of God. When we seek after Him, He will respond. God then worked on her heart to give her revelation.
Lydia remained in business and was a successful person serving God in that capacity, having received a full revelation of Jesus.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You call us from all professions and identify us by what we do. Amen.