16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
We’ve been talking about David and Solomon, but for today’s post, I’d like to talk about another one of their family members. David’s Great Grandparents, Ruth and Boaz. If we know our purpose, then we must do as Boaz did, and share it with others.
Boaz was part of God’s chosen people Israel. Ruth was a Moabite, and not one of the children of Israel. Boaz told his servants, let her experience some of what we have. We will share our purpose with her.
What made him so ready to embrace someone who was not part of God’s chosen people? I believe it was because of another woman, who’s name also started with an R. His mother was Rahab, who had been rescued out of Jericho, and became part of The Kingdom Of God.
Because Boaz’ Father welcomed Rahab into the family of Israel, Boaz was open to sharing God’s blessings with Ruth. As our Heavenly Father opened the door to us, we should share handfuls of purpose with those who do not know Him.
What are handfuls of purpose? In respect to The Kingdom, it’s sharing the number one attribute that is most attractive to a hurting world. The Love Of God, through the relationships that His Church has with unbelievers, is our greatest witnessing tool.
Before you tell them what you believe, show them Who you know through His love. Care about people with the heart of Jesus. Take the time with them that He would take. People you receive love from, are people you want to spend more time with.
Eventually, they will open up to you, and will receive what God has placed in your heart to share with them. If you love them first, they’ll listen second. Maybe not all of them, but even those that don’t, have experienced more of The Love Of God, than they might otherwise in their lifetime.
People spend time with those they love. If you notice, I mentioned the second thing first, reaching others. The way we ended that topic leads us back to the first one, spending more time with God.
We treat it as if it were almost as difficult as we view witnessing. It’s actually so much easier than we make it. Spending time with a loved one isn’t hard, as long as we make the time. Spending time with God, is easier, for He is always near, if we look for Him.
Prayer is a conversation with God, and a prayer life is a series of regular communication with Him. It’s a combination of planned and spontaneous prayer. Pick a spot, whether by your bed, your favorite chair, or a special room, and talk to Jesus.
Make your regular planned prayer so consistent that it becomes not a habit, but an event. He will meet us where we seek Him. Prayer and reading God’s Word are the most life altering and impactful things that a Christian can do.
Those are the planned prayers, and study times that we must commit to more and more. The spontaneous prayers are the regular conversations throughout the day we have with a God we want to talk too. As Christians, we too often look at prayer as something more complex than we should.
The Lord Jesus wants to hear from us, not only our needs, but our fears, our questions, and our hopes. If our purpose is to expand our relationship with Him, and I believe it is, then we must do the things that make any relationship successful. We must commit time and attention to The One we love, just as He does for us.
The more quality time you spend with someone, the closer you become. You take on aspects of each other’s personality, and pass things about them on to others. The more time we spend with Jesus, the easier it will be to share Him with others.
37 — Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
It all goes back to something He said during His ministry. The two greatest commandments of all. First to Love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. An second, to love our neighbors as ourselves.
When we commit to Him with all that we are, others take notice. In committing to Him, we reflect His love to others. We treat them the way He would treat them, because we are the Church.
This is our purpose, to Love Him, and to share HIs love with others. His plan is to reach every soul with the message of salvation, and to do it, not alone, but through the body of Christ. That is His plan, and our purpose.