In this weekend’s sermon from Ruth 3:1-9 (as we took another short break from our summer series in The Ten Commandments) we learned that even in painful trials, God allows us the joy of pointing others to their Redeemer.
Now, to point others to their Redeemer…
- We must ask God to give us compassion.
- We must see the opportunities God creates.
- We must explain the way to redemption.
So just as God used Naomi to point Ruth to her redeemer, Boaz — as she had enough compassion on her widowed daughter-in-law to desire rest for her and was sensitive to the God-given opportunity when Ruth could actually propose to Boaz, all-the-while explaining to Ruth how to approach her redeemer — God also uses us to point those around us to our Great Redeemer, Jesus.
We just need to have enough compassion and be sensitive enough to the opportunities God provides in order to explain the gospel to those around us.
Thus, our challenge for this week…
OUR CHALLENGE: Despite your circumstance, find rest for others by pointing them to their Redeemer.
In the same way Naomi led her daughter-in-law, Ruth, to her redeemer, Boaz, despite all the suffering and loss she experienced, we, too, can lead those around us to our Great Redeemer, Jesus. We can all be Naomi’s to all the Ruth’s around us that still need to be redeemed!
So as we go out this week to live out our lives, let’s remember God has knitted us into His story, and let’s remember this knitting means we could enjoy the exciting privilege and opportunity of becoming a part of someone else’s story. Just like Naomi with Ruth.
Let’s experience the joy of pointing others to Jesus, despite the circumstances we might find ourselves in today.
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written,’How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'” (Rom. 10:13-15).