Ruth’s words to her mother-in-law are some of the most famous in the Bible. As far as Ruth knew, the path ahead would be one of poverty and hardship. She had no way of knowing that redemption was in store. Naomi even urged her to turn back! We know how the story ends, so we can see Ruth’s faithfulness was rewarded. Her acceptance of Naomi’s God is a great example for Christians, because like Ruth, very few of us are Jewish. Like Rahab, who was not only a foreigner but a prostitute, Ruth becomes one of Jesus’ ancestors. These women are an example of how God is willing to adopt those who are faithful no matter what their background might be.
Questions for further thought:
1. Is there any cultural group that you think of as not being very likely to be adopted into God’s family? How can you make it more likely for them to learn about Jesus?
2. In what ways have you shown your faithfulness to God like Ruth did?
Challenge: Pick some aspect of being faithful as a Jesus follower that is more challenging for you (reading the Bible, prayer, generosity) and deliberately practice it this week.
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