KEY SCRIPTURE: Ruth 1:16 KJV” And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God”
The story of Ruth and Naomi is a classic example about the need never to be discouraged in doing good: Naomi left her hometown Bethlehem with her husband and two sons. The sons got married to one lady each from Moab, namely Orpah and Ruth. The husband of Naomi died first and her two sons followed suit. What was the most logical thing for her in laws to do? They should have just bid her farewell and gone away to make new families. One of Naomi’s in laws, Orpah bid her farewell and left to continue with her life. Naomi asked Ruth to do same and go on with her life. She declined and said she would never leave her alone. She would go with her to wherever she goes and become one with her people, and even die where she died.
Ruth’s decision to go with Naomi reveals a great act of love and selflessness. Naomi had no riches to give Ruth. She had no extra son for Ruth to marry. She was old and there was no possibility of she marrying to raise another son for Ruth to marry. Ruth decision was an act of pure selfless love. She was determined never to give up under any condition. She was ready to die with her. There was nothing tangible that Ruth could hope to get by serving Naomi. Her decision was basically to use her life to comfort Naomi who had lost husband, sons and was a pretty old woman. She needed somebody to assist her and be a source of solace to her. This is what Ruth considered and chose to become that person for Naomi.
God saw her sacrifice and decided to reward her efforts. She was married by Boaz a wealthy relation of Elimelech, Naomi’s deceased husband. Their son was Obed who became David’s grandfather. Ruth became one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ. God our Father rewards every act of sincere love and sacrifice. Do not be discouraged doing good. If no one sees you to reward you, God would surely reward you here on this earth, and in the world to come.
The love of the Holy Spirit is shared abroad in my heart. I love all persons under all situations, without expecting any reward in return. The Lord is my reward and he always come through to express his approval by blessing my life in amazing ways.
1Peter 1:22 KJV ” Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently”:
Galatians 6:10 KJV” As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”.