Superficial satisfaction fills today’s world. It appears that awards are given left and right to people not living a godly life. As a Christian, it can be difficult to understand how this is happening. We all know or know of someone that is not living a life that we would consider righteous. However, they are living a life that appears to be perfect. In this first part of the series, “Lessons from Ruth” I will discuss how living a Christian lifestyle will ultimately lead you to abundance.
Social media has given us easy access to view other people’s lives. As a result, this can cause problems in how we view our own journey. It highlights what we think we are lacking and what we are wanting. But, we need to realize that people are only projecting what is going right for them. They are not highlighting what is going on behind the scenes. To illustrate, those same people that seem to be on the right path because they are publishing pictures of their new cars and financial gains are the same people that are struggling with deeper issues that they are hiding. Don’t allow your view of your path to becoming clouded because of what you are viewing at a surface level.
Please remember that God has a distinct plan for you. First of all, your journey is your own. God will reward you for your good works. This leads me to the biblical story of Ruth. Ruth, along with her mother-in-law Naomi and sister-in-law, Orpah became widows. Naomi was distraught and felt that she no longer had any worth. Her husband and both of her sons had died. Consequently, she felt as if she had nothing to live for. Naomi packed up and decided to move. She requested that Ruth and Orpah leave and return to their homeland and find new husbands. Orpah chose to leave. Ruth remained faithful. She told Naomi in a beautiful statement,
“For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge, Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God, (17) Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me” Ruth 1: 16 -17.
Her faithfulness to Naomi in this difficult time showed Ruth’s kindness and godly ways. Therefore, this showed that her character was loving and willing to sacrifice her own needs to ensure the well-being of another person. Furthermore, she didn’t run from frustration. She knew that Naomi needed her in this difficult time and refused to leave her mother-in-law’s side. As a result, the Lord saw this act of kindness and greatly rewarded it at the end of this story.
As Christians, we cannot be caught up in what others are receiving. If you are only acting in a righteous manner because you want to receive something, then you are not in a strong relationship with the Lord. Therefore, wealth, power, friends, houses, or fame does not impress God. He doesn’t care about how many followers you have on social media. He doesn’t care about job titles, or degrees. So, living in an honorable way impresses The Lord our Savior. Rather, the quality of our character impresses him.
Just like with Ruth, the unseen hand of God will bring all of the pieces together. He will place you on the right path. Especially relevant, you will be rewarded by being obedient and showing your love of God through your character.
As always sending you love and happiness!
Stayed tuned for Part 2 of Lessons from Ruth
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