Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. Ruth 3, verse 12.
Selflessness. Boaz was selfless. One of the things I like most about the Book of Ruth is how the two main participants, Ruth and Boaz, are selfless, and in this verse we get to see an example of that Boaz is attracted to Ruth, and has said he wants to marry her. If you’ve fallen in love and ever wanted to spend the rest of your life with someone who you just couldn’t get out of your mind, then you know the feeling; you remember where Boaz is in this verse.
And he’s willing to give her away to do the right thing. The code of the Israelites was that the closest family kinsman redeemer always had first say in matters such as this. In Naomi’s family, there was someone closer. Boaz knows this and, despite his growing feelings for Ruth, he upholds the code, the honor, his faith to God through his faith in this system, by telling her he might have to let her go. That’s selflessness.
We need more of that in our lives. Today, we aren’t going to pound on my character or yours; I think we get it. We aren’t Jesus. Instead, what are some ways you and I could become more selfless where we are? There are plenty of ways we can show that we put others, put God, before ourselves. What are some of them that you could do today? You and I might not have to give up a potential spouse, or maybe your way is something just as serious. That’s between you and God.
How can we learn from Boaz’s words to Ruth, the way he was willing to selflessly give up something he had grown to love? Tell me – better yet, tell Jesus – what are some ways we can become more selfless for Christ?
Lord, please show me where I can become more selfless, act more for You and less for myself.
Read Ruth 3.