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?'
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.'
Contrary to judgmental Christians, 'There is no partiality with God' (Romans 2:11). He is the original Equal Rights Employer, and Jesus came to prove it.
His future leaders had questionable work histories: fishermen, lepers and lunatics; tax collectors, outsiders and women of ill repute. By Jewish standards, they were uneducated and unqualified.
By Jesus standards, they were prime candidates. In His kingdom, 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 else.
Like the love of Boaz for disregarded Ruth, your love for disregarded people will result in a gain no one can measure, including your own.
## Transformed! Like Ruth: An Equal Rights Commission (Part 4)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, 'Lessons From Ruth.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Transformed! Like Ruth series.