Pastor Miles opened this weekend's message, thoughtfully reflecting on last Sunday's Charger game.
Though the Chargers were able to pull out a victory, it required quite a comeback in the fourth quarter, and some overtime to seal the deal. That's because for the first three quarters they just weren't playing well. It took three quarters of mishaps, and overall bad play, to muster up the will and determination as a team to work hard and get a win.
A lot of people live their lives this way. They can live 10, 20, 30, or 40 years of their life without knowing Jesus, or choosing to follow Him, and then commit their lives to Him, and their lives become quite different. They probably even wonder how they once lived their lives without God in it.
Over the past weeks of looking at the life of Ruth we have been engrossed in a romantic tale.
In the beginning of the book of Ruth, we meet Ruth a Moabite who leaves the land that she knows to accompany her mother-in-law Naomi to Bethlehem. Both women have lost their husbands. It is in Bethlehem that Ruth is working in the fields and stirs up the attention of Boaz. Boaz saw the faithful life that Ruth lived, and Ruth too saw the worthiness of Boaz.
So with instruction from Naomi, Ruth went and sat at the feet of Boaz, and asked him to take her under his wing.
Now Boaz was a kinsman redeemer. If Ruth married him, she would then be able to redeem something that was lost. An example would be when a woman's husband dies and he owns land the woman loses that land, unless she marries a close relative, a kinsman redeemer, who can redeem that land, and if and when they have a son, the land would belong to the son.
Finish and Fulfill
Last week we had one of the biggest altar calls ever. Pastor Miles called out mainly men, but women as well, to make a commitment to be pure. Though it can be difficult to come forward, and make a decision to live differently, once that decision and commitment is made, it is just as necessary to take immediate and well-planned action in following through and fulfilling the commitment made.
As Pastor Miles has said before if we fail to plan, we plan to fail. We ought to write down our plans in order to keep them, know what we want to do, what our commitment involves, so we are prepared and equipped to live them out.
We see that Boaz was faithful in his commitment to Ruth. He did not lie or deceive to get what he wanted. He did the right thing. He was faithful and followed through to fulfill his commitment.
Ruth 4:1-6 states, Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, "Turn aside, friend; sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down. And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, "Sit down here." So they sat down.
Then he said to the redeemer, "Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it and say, 'Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.'"
If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you." And he said, "I will redeem it." Then Boaz said, "The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance."
Then the redeemer said, "I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it."
Time passes us by so quickly, and we never know how much time we have, we cannot procrastinate on our commitments, whatever is holding you back, surrender your grip on it, we must pursue them proactively today!
Boaz is Blessed
Though Boaz was willing to redeem the parcel of land belonging to Elimelech, the closer of kin was not, lest it impair his own inheritance. He was clearly only looking out for himself.
We may think we know what is best for ourselves. We think we can determine a better future, than God can for us.
There are things we hold onto tightly that we think is good for us, or perhaps better than what God may have in store for us. Whatever that is, it is nothing in comparison to what God has. We must be willing to let go of our earthly desires, and embrace everything God has for us.
Jesus our Kinsman Redeemer
Boaz by faith and humility was Ruth's kinsman redeemer.
Ruth is an ancestor of Jesus. This story of the Romance of Ruth sets up the story of Jesus' romance with us. When Jesus became a man He became our kin.
Because Jesus experienced life in human form, He can sympathize with us when we encounter temptations. Jesus overcame every temptation, and died for our sins, and rose from the dead to live eternally, and have an eternal relationship with those who believe in Him.
Have you committed your life to Christ, putting your total faith in Him? Don't put it off choose Him today!