Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Lessons From Ruth (Part 4)
God's Equal Rights Commission
Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, 'Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?'
Ruth 2:10 (NAS)
Boaz said, 'On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance.' The closest relative said, 'I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it.'
Ruth 4:5-6 (NAS)
Contrary to opinions made popular in church, 'There is no partiality with God' (Romans 2:11). He is the original equal rights Employer. By the world's standards, the resumes of the people Jesus chose to employ didn't look too impressive.
His future leaders had questionable work histories: fishermen, lepers and demon-possessed lunatics; tax collectors, low achievers and women of bad reputation; people who were new, poor, uneducated and unqualified; people who were immigrants; people who had made bad mistakes.
By Jesus, everyone was given a fair chance, and promotion came to those who did not seek it, but instead--sought Him.
In the Book of Ruth, a good and wealthy man named Boaz fell in love with Ruth. But by the Laws of Moses, the right to wed her fell first to a closer relative. Boaz approached him shrewdly. When the closer relative thought of acquiring Ruth's land, he opted in. When Boaz reminded him he must also wed the woman from a strange land, he opted out. Was he prejudiced against a Moabitess? Only God knows, but his loss was everyone's gain.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God has given you an equal rights commission, a Great Commission to 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15). All creation includes Hollywood and everyone it affects.
Like the love of Boaz for Ruth, your love for people our churches disregard will result in a gain no one can measure, including your own.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lessons From Ruth series.