All in the Family

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Ruth, following what was in her heart and with the blessing of her mother-in-law went out to gather fallen grain behind the harvesters in a field. It turned out that she was in a field that belonged to Boaz, who was a close relative of Naomi.

When Boaz arrived from Bethlehem he asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?” Ruth 2:5 (NLT)

In asking that question, Boaz was basically asking about Ruth’s family. He knew that information would tell him much of what he wanted to know about Ruth.

Even today if you say, “oh he’s a Kennedy” or “she’s a Kardashian,” you might automatically assume that you know how that person would think or act, because you know of the family.

Even if the family doesn’t have their own family crest and mission statement, they tend to have unwritten rules of how the members are expected to operate and behave.

The same is true for God’s family, or it should be true. People should be able to look at those who call themselves Christian and see a representation of Jesus.

What does being a “Christian” really mean anyway? While some believe a Christian is a person born in a Christian nation or from a Christian family, others believe that the title represents someone whose behaviors and speech are like Jesus Christ.

According to a study, only “14% of today’s self-identified Christians—just one out of every seven Christians—seem to represent the actions and attitudes Barna researchers found to be consistent with those of Jesus.”

So in essence some of us are confusing the world by claiming Christ, but not truly representing him. So we must check ourselves. Are we truly living according to the word of God or just talking about it? Are we more concerned with pointing the fingers at others, than mentally perusing our own hearts?

“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT)

This doesn’t have to be a rigorous task. I like to examine myself by listening to some worship music and focusing on the goodness of God. It’s a time to draw near to him, to hear his heart and let him minister to mine. I can become so enamored with his presence that what initially seemed urgent, just fades to the background.  277e16744aa097ed7daed8290b1cef6d

During these times of worship, I can hear him so clearly and my heart is most pliable, willing to surrender my desires for his, wanting desperately to be more like him.

As the foreman responded to Boaz’s question, Boaz realized that Ruth had been taking care of his relative Naomi. He was impressed that this young lady had left her father and mother and her land and come to live among people she had never known.

Seeing her heartfelt commitment to her mother-in-law and that she had trusted the Lord God of Israel, Boaz was moved with compassion and he took it upon himself to make sure she was protected in the field and had plenty to eat.

Boaz represents Jesus Christ to us.

When we make a heartfelt commitment to surrender our lives and become representatives of Christ Jesus in this world, he makes sure that we have protection and provision.

Now, that sounds like a great deal to me.

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IMG_4135Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.

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