Formations lesson for Aug. 25: Wise Character
August 9 2002 by Haven Parrott , Proverbs 25:27-28; 11:1-4

Formations lesson for Aug. 25: Wise Character | Friday, Aug. 9, 2002

Friday, Aug. 9, 2002

Formations lesson for Aug. 25: Wise Character

By Haven Parrott Proverbs 25:27-28; 11:1-4

A young boy stood outside a shoe store. His tattered clothes, matted hair and grimy face proclaimed his poverty. He gazed longingly at the shoes on display in the window and prayed, "Please Lord, I really need some shoes. Could you send someone to buy me some?"

Character reveals connection

Just then, a well-dressed woman came up beside him. She'd spotted the boy as she was pulling into a parking space and noticed that he was staring wistfully at the shoes through the window. She observed that the shoes he was wearing were way past worn out, and decided to take action.

"Let's go inside," she invited. The boy followed as the woman led him all the way to the back of the shoe store, where she removed his grubby, smelly shoes, and then proceeded to wash his feet and ankles. That done, she led him back into the showroom where she directed a salesman to measure the boy's feet and bring out every style available in his size.

"Pick three," she said to the boy, whose eyes were wide with wonder at the woman's generosity.

She smiled as he donned one pair of shoes after another, reveling in each new style he tried on. Finally, the boy made his selections, and two new pairs of shoes were boxed and bagged. The third new pair was proudly displayed on his feet.

Grinning uncontrollably, the delighted child skipped out of the shoe store. As he turned to thank his benefactor, the boy recalled the prayer he'd prayed just before the woman had appeared, and a look of sudden recognition crossed his face. Though she hadn't introduced herself, the boy was sure he knew who she was.

"Lady," he asked, "are you God's wife?"

Okay, so the boy was a little confused about the woman's identity, but he knew for sure that she was somehow related to God: her character revealed the connection.

Being mistaken for God's wife is quite a compliment. We are Christ's bride. Does our character betray our connection to Him?

A woman's influence

Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the fruit of a life rooted in reverence for God: character that is wise regardless of context. Whether in the community, in commerce, or in the confines of home; whether witnessed by many or by none; whether in the light of day or the dead of night, the woman of wise character advertises her doctrine by her deeds, her discipleship, her diligence, her belief and her behavior.

It would be impossible to overestimate the significance of a wife's witness, a mother's ministry, a woman's influence. Generations are impacted for good or for ill by one woman's faith in God, or lack thereof. (Consider Eve, Sarah, Jochebed, Rahab, Ruth, Mary, etc.)

Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) of a life rooted in reverence for God: the fruit of the Spirit, the fruit borne on Calvary's tree, the very life of Christ lived out through ours.

The woman who fears the Lord permits the Spirit to conform her character to the likeness of Christ's. Husbands, children and communities are strengthened by the attitudes and actions of women who understand that their work is worship, -women who do all "as for the Lord" (Col. 3:23).

Though all women have the ability to influence, women of wise character - Christ-like character - have the amazing ability to Himfluence.

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