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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 2/25/2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 2/25/2013

Ruth 2:21-23
ABIDING IN THE FIELD OF GRACE, Lesson 8b

V. 22 RUTH IS INSTRUCTED TO ABIDE

The Character Of The Field - Ruth is told that "it is good". This is a good field! It was a proven field, (v. 17). It was a productive field, (Chp. 2); It was a promising field, (v. 21). This speaks to the quality of the field! The field of grace that Jesus expects us to abide in is a field of the best character. Staying with Him will produce the fruit of His image in your life, (Rom. 8:29). Gleaning in any other field leads to destruction and death, (Pro. 16:25). The character of the Lord's field is that it is a good field. It is the best field. For those who have gleaned there and tasted the fruit thereof would never think of gleaning anywhere else. When you can have all that Jesus offers, why would you settle for anything else?

The Completeness Of The Field - Ruth found more than just food when she was in the field of Boaz. She found peace, safety, security, hope, refreshment, relationships, hope, promise, goodness, kindness, and blessing, (2:9-17). This speaks to the quantity of the field. When you glean in the field of the Lord Jesus and determine that you will abide there through the times of bounty as well as the lean times, you will find that His field contains all you need to sustain you through all times. Is Jesus all you need? That's more than enough! Is Jesus all you want? That's far more than enough! He wants us to come to the place where He is all we have, (Heb. 13:5b)! Paul said it best, Phil.1:21, “ For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain “. Where are you in that process? When we come to the place where Jesus is all we have, we will find that we have all we want and all we need. He offers completeness for all those who glean in His field of grace, (Phil. 4:11-13).

The Company Of The Field - When Ruth was gleaning in the field of Boaz, she had precious relationships with the men in the field, (2:4-7; 9); with the maidens in the field, (2:8, 22); and with the master of the field himself, Boaz, (2:7-18). When we learn to abide in the Lord's field, we are also privileged to enter into some glorious relationships. First, there is the relationship with the people of God! Our fellowship together is precious! We are a body, (1 Cor. 12:12-27). We are part of a fellowship, (1 John 1:3). Thank God for His people! They are precious! Secondly, we have a relationship with the Master of the field, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a close relationship, (1 John 1:3, John 15:5). It is a permanent relationship, John (6:37; John 14:16). The relationships of His field are precious beyond words!

V. 23 RUTH IS INCLINED TO ABIDE

Her's Was A Continual Work - Ruth entered that field every day and gleaned faithfully until the harvest ended. That is what Jesus expects all of His people to do! He wants us to glean in His field faithfully every single day! He would have His people dedicated, consecrated, and consistently gleaning in His field, carrying out His will until He comes, (Eph. 2:8-10).

Her's Was A Completed Work - She was steadfast and dedicated until the work was finished. The Lord would have His people continue in His harvest work until He ends all the harvest. He is looking for those who will begin well, glean well and finish well. I want to be able to say what Paul said when he reached the end of the way, (2 Tim. 4:6-8) “6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. “

Her's Was A Consecrated Work - This verse tells us that she "dwelt with her mother in law." She was a young, beautiful, widow. She caught the eye of Boaz, and she probably caught the eye of other men in Bethlehem. Still she walked in integrity and maintained her purity through those difficult, lonely days. This speaks volumes about Ruth's character! She willingly submitted herself to the field, the future, her family and her new faith. In doing so, she sets the example for you and me. As we glean, we are to be faithful to do His will as we pass through this world. Are you doing that? We are also to walk in integrity. We are to keep our lives clean and pleasing in the sight of the Lord for the glory of God. He would have His people be holy, (1 Pet. 1:16). There are many who need to come before Him and make a fresh commitment to glean in His will, in the field of grace until the harvest is ended!

Conc: Ruth committed herself to staying in the field of Boaz. She did not wander from field to field, but she settled down and worked in the fields of grace. I wish God's people could catch a vision of that truth today! Far too many of God's people are wandering here and there, gleaning in this field and then another. Would to God that we would just determine in our hearts that we are done playing with this thing and settle down to serve Him and glean in His field until He comes for us.

If you are not saved, I invite you to enter the field of grace by faith. He will save you today if you will come. If you are saved and have strayed from His field, I invite you to return, there is plenty for you to glean here. If you are doing your best to be consistent and faithful, I would encourage you to carry on. I've read the book and it won't be long until the harvest has ended and we are called to the big house.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 3:21-22 (New King James Version (NKJV)

21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Want To Be A Worker” By: Isaiah Laltzell (1897)

I want to be a worker for the Lord
I want to love and trust His holy word
I want to sing and pray, and be busy ev'ry day
In the vineyard of the Lord
Refrain:
I will work, I will pray
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord
I will work, I will pray
I will labor ev'ry day
In the vineyard of the Lord

I want to be a worker ev'ry day
I want to lead the erring in the way
That leads to heav'n above, where all is peace and love
In the kingdom of the Lord
Refrain:

I want to be a worker strong and brave
I want to trust in Jesus' pow'r to save
All who will truly come shall find a happy home
In the kingdom of the Lord
Refrain:

I want to be a worker; help me, Lord,
To lead the lost and erring to thy word
That points to joy on high, where pleasures never die
In the kingdom of the Lord.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Mercy, God of Grace! Renew and transform our minds so we may be copies of our Lord, Jesus Christ and have not only our minds transformed, but also transform our lives. Help us to think clearly, to have the mind of Christ. Grant us the ability to reason solidly. Enable us to secure a steady mind-set as we face each day’s challenges, troubles and trials. You see all that we are or are not, please show us all that You see that is not of You. Bring every captive thought in obedience with Your will. Teach us to dwell on things that are true, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praise-worthy and make our love, faith, hope and work pleasing in Your sight. Show us to live in grace by faith! These things we ask in Jesus’ most High name. Amen!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOANIE69 2/25/2013 7:55PM

    Good Evening, Vic. I finally got to read your lesson in Ruth for today, and even though I am tired, it has blessed me as usual. I too want to be a worker in God's field, and stay the distance. I too pray to be daily transformed more and more into Christ's image, so I can better serve and glorify God. Bless you, Joanie

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MNABOY 2/25/2013 6:19PM

    It has been a long time since I have read from Ruth and a long time since I specifically thought of the lessons given there. Thanks

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PILGRIM125 2/25/2013 11:18AM

    Thank you for this rich reminder of all He is and all He has for us--if we abide in Him! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 2/25/2013 10:38AM

    Gods field is the Bible all of it Its were we get the food of life The water that cleans us The bath to follow With the Holy Spirit we can learn and grow in the light Find peace beyond all understanding Be put on the right Bath

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CASTIRONLADY 2/25/2013 8:14AM

    As always thank you for all your blessings with devotions, prayers and goodies.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/25/2013 8:01AM

    Oh, I can hardly wait til Jesus comes and takes us to the Big House! May we all be found diligent workers for Him wherever He has placed us until then. I thank the Holy Spirit for inspiring you to write out these devotions, Vic. Maybe a book of these messages in the future we can share with others not on Spark People?

Comment edited on: 2/25/2013 8:02:38 AM

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SUNSET09 2/25/2013 8:00AM

  You can never get too much prayer, Word and fellowshipping, thanx and enjoy your day! Yes, and amen! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONYVAND1 2/25/2013 7:56AM

  Living a transformed life in Jesus Christ.

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ANHELIC 2/25/2013 7:42AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We all need to continue to glean in God's field of grace and not wander from field to field. Staying in His field of grace until Christ's return and be taken up to spend eternity with Him. Thank you Vic for for goodie an note. God's richest blessing to your for teaching us God's word each day.

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EDITOR 2/25/2013 7:15AM

    I wanted to thank you for the goodie, Vic. But most of all for a simple statement today, "It is good." God looked and saw that it was very good! We are workers in the field and whatever task, chore, calling, high or low life, may He say to us all, "You trusted Christ to save. Well done thou good and faithful servant."

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/25/2013 7:04AM

    Starting my day with prayers to be guided!

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AZMOMXTWO 2/25/2013 6:49AM

  thank you

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