This past week we buttoned up our series that we called HEROES; a look at various characteristics of a biblical hero. What a great series and what an awesome opportunity for me to share one of my favorite stories and characters in all of the Bible, Ruth.
This short 4-Chapter book is a truly amazing, heroic story that includes great love, loyalty and commitment, faithfulness and truth, all tied up with a beautiful redemption message in the end. It almost reads like a romance novel of old, yet is full of suspense and action. One can’t help but be drawn in to the story and the lives of the characters in the story, women like Orpah and Naomi and Ruth. Awesome!
If you haven’t already I encourage you to take some time this week and read or listen to Ruth in its entirety with a heart open to loving in a whole new, God-focused, selfless way.
At the end of the sermon on Sunday I posed a few questions for your consideration. In this short blog I want to take just a minute and reflect on these questions:
QUESTION 1 – Where are you being asked to step out in faith and love someone else in a completely selfless way? In what specific ways could you show that love?
Could you fight the need to be right, and instead bite your tongue when dealing with someone you care about? Maybe you’re being shown someone who needs to be served in a specific way that you know you can serve, but you’ve been struggling with finding the time or energy.
QUESTION 2 – Where do you hide behind a mask of “this world” vs. showing your authentic you?
Do you really tell anyone that 10% that you need help or struggle with? Who holds you accountable to living life the way that God calls you to? Are you always “alright, fine or great”? Who in your faith community do you connect with and take down the walls of the world? Reach out in faith that someone else is going to love you selflessly and is not only willing but eager to walk along side you in your journey and lift you up in your pain.
QUESTION 3 – Where do you need to exercise more complete faith in God as your redeemer?
Do you live daily with the knowledge that you have already been redeemed? Do you know in your heart that the price for your life has already been paid through the perfect life and death of our Christ Jesus? Do you fully understand that and what Paul writes in Romans 8:28,”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV). If He is leading you, calling you, or asking something of you; He already has a plan that includes caring for your every need.
That about wraps up my thoughts for this week. I invite you to share your thoughts, findings and insights as well.
Have a blessed week!