Lady Four – Ruth

The logo for the Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has four ladies grouped together. I have done some thinking about women’s ministry and am using these ladies to represent some very unique and special relationships that we enter into when we come to God through belief in His son Jesus Christ. When we believe, John 1:12 tells us that we become Daughters of God. This benefits our relationship to one another because daughters of the same father are Sisters – Sisters in Christ. Such wonderful relationships are so good that we just cannot help but share this good news with our Friends!

Daughter – Sister – Friend – and? Who is that fourth lady?

Have you ever been the new person in a group? Maybe moved to a new city, or changed churches, started a new job and found yourself totally at a loss as to how things work, who the people are, and where to go? It is an uncomfortable feeling to seem invisible or to stand the outside of events and activities – the fourth woman in a group.

The fourth lady’s name is Ruth. It is important to give her a name to identify her as a real woman. Ruth was chosen to assure you that God has never left you out of His love and plan for your future.

In the Bible, the story of Ruth is an amazing sequence of providential circumstances for our heroine. Naomi’s family should never have been living in Moab. The two sons should not have married these foreign women. How could Ruth have understood who Naomi’s God was without God himself softening her heart and giving her knowledge? What about the ‘coincidence’ of finding herself in Boaz’s field? Things at that harvest celebration could have turned out very badly for Ruth but Boaz protected her, sought out the nearest kinsman, and put himself in that redemption place. Matthew 1:5 fixes Ruth in the lineage of Jesus.

Ruth was the ultimate outsider to the people of Israel. She was a daughter of the Moabites, a descendant of the incestuous relationship of Lot and his daughter, an enemy of Naomi’s people. The Israelites were forbidden to seek refuge in Moab even in times of famine. Yet, in spite of her tenuous relationship with Naomi, by affirming her allegiance to Naomi’s God, Ruth becomes part of God’s chosen ones. Ruth was brave to travel to Naomi’s homeland; she is a loving and willing worker; she catches the eye of Boaz and goes to the party!

It is difficult to join a new group, and those who are IN the group aren’t always aware that someone is standing outside, on the fringe, feeling left out. You may be a new community member, a visitor to a church, someone who has not joined in before, yes, someone overlooked. I encourage you to step forward with faith that those who are your sisters in Christ will accept you and that you have a gifts of service and love to offer. If you are in a group, I exhort you to see with Christ’s eye those that might not be fitting in. Will you encourage and invite? We are created to grow and learn together in our love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ladies:

  • Find “Ruth” and invite her to the next event you attend.
  • Let someone know if your name is ‘Ruth.’
  • Let’s get to know one another better and deeper in all the riches of our Christ given relationships.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25

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