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The Ruth Romance - Part 2, Romanceable Ruth
Miles McPherson - December 2, 2007

Message Recap

Pastor Miles opened this weekend's message sharing a story about when he was driving to Pasadena up the I-15.

As he was driving he saw a dog begin to run across the freeway. In another lane on the freeway was a girl driving a Fiero. Unfortunately her view from her fiero didn't allow her to see the dog until it was too late. She ended up hitting and killing the dog. The problem was, unlike from Pastor Miles, and perhaps other driver's perspectives, who were able to anticipate the dog, the girl in the fiero was not. Why was this? Because unlike the other drivers she couldn't see the big picture, she was only able to see what was right in front of her.

Often times this same thing is true in our own lives. We are not able to see the big picture, we can only see what's right in front of us, and sometimes we aren't able to recognize it until we run right into it.

As we continue on in the story of Ruth, we see that Ruth had three romancable qualities that got the attention of Boaz and kept it. Pastor Miles shows in Ruth's three romancable qualities, what Christians must do to fulfill our romancable responsibilities.

Ruth's Romanceable Qualities

Your life will change when you work hard to pursue God.

Ruth was a hard working woman.

Ruth 2:7 states, And she said, "Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves." So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.

As Christians, how hard working are we in our pursuit of God? We may be able to say, we work hard at our jobs, or that we work hard in our marriage relationships and friendships. However, how hard do we work in our relationship with God? How much do we pray?

Your life will change when you work hard to pursue God. Spending just 30 minutes daily (the amount of time we usually spend watching one television show) reading the Word of God, and praying to Him, will bring about change in our lives.

Reputable Ruth

Ruth was a humble and appreciative woman.

Ruth 2:11 states, And Boaz answered and said to her, "It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before."

Ruth lived her life selflessly. She was able to see beyond her own desires and truly grasp the big picture. Ruth was a woman with a good reputation. Boaz saw that she was the real deal.

Are you willing to bow down?

Women don't easily gravitate toward the idea of bowing down to their husbands. That is until they hear that first their husbands ought to respect and take care of them, anticipating their needs and concerns. Boaz provided protection for Ruth, pronounced a blessing for her, and made constant provision for her needs.

Ruth 2:8-9 states, Then Boaz said to Ruth, "You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. Let your eyes be on the field, which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn."

Ruth 2:14-16 states, Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, "Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar." So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her."

Boaz wanted to bless Ruth. It is important as Christians that we strive to be a blessing to others. It is especially important even when we don't feel like it. We ought to be a servant to everyone.

The Ruth Romance

This 5-part series takes us through the book of Ruth, in which we examine Ruth and Boaz' relationship, from which we can draw many similarities to our relationship with Jesus. Ruth was a woman of great character. Today we look at her qualities and how we can cultivate them in our own lives.

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