Ruth: GleanIng in the the Fields of Jesus
- Wednesday, October 16, 2002
There was a time when, like Ruth, I lived in a "foreign land." Yes, I had been raised as a Christian and yes; I knew all the biblical stories. The history of God's people and the Gospel story were at the forefront of my brain. And although I had "promised myself" to a life of Christianity -- as Ruth had promised to live as a Jewess -- I did not yet intimately know my Kinsman-Redeemer.
Like Boaz, when Jesus saw me "gleaning the leftovers" (for "to glean" was to gather the leftover grain from those working in the field) and barely getting by spiritually, He had compassion on me and saw to it that I was protected and cared for.
Though, like Ruth, I came from a people (the human race) who had rejected Him and sullied the message He had brought to all mankind, He saw in me the potential I had of being a part of His bride, the Church.
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery-but I am talking about Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31,32)
As Jesus "winnowed on the threshing floor" of my life (to "winnow" is to separate the good grain from the chaff, or worthless covering), there came a time when I took off my worldly clothes of mourning and opted for garments of praise and joy. I found myself at His feet, with a simple request: to be His precious, covenant bride forever.
From that moment on, I was no longer known by what the world might have seen in me, but what Jesus Himself saw in me. I was no longer called "the Moabitess," but instead, "Christian," for I belong now only to Him.
Because of that promise, God has reaped out of His blessings for my life a legacy I could have never imagined, with children and children's children who will one day stand around the Throne of God with men like Boaz and David and women like Naomi and Ruth, and will praise His name forever.
It really doesn't matter where we've come from, you know. What matters is that we move toward the "House of Bread"...the "Living Bread" (John 6:35), gleaning in His fields until He has removed all the old and worthless chaff, because He is our Kinsman-Redeemer.
He's paid the price and purchased my soul.
And this is part of what I learned when I fell into the Bible.
Photo by Eva Marie Everson. Eva Marie Everson is the author of "Shadow of Dreams" & "Summon the Shadows." She is an award-winning national speaker and can be contacted at Bridegroomsbride@aol.com
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