Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Start doing small things for God 1/3

Many great men of God start from humble beginnings. If you are thinking of serving God, doing something with humble beginnings is a good way to start. 
And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” (Ruth 2:2, NASB)
In the verse above, Ruth is a type of believer, while the owner of the field, Boaz, is a type of Christ. In the story, Boaz is the kinsmen redeemer, representing Jesus, who is the kinsmen Redeemer of all mankind. In that story, Ruth just followed her mother-in-law back to Jerusalem so she was just starting out. What she said is a picture of the believer starting out to serve God. 

Notice Ruth pleaded to be able to go to the field. Today we serve God because we want to. Because we have a revelation that it is a privilege to serve the King. The bible says a day in the house of the Lord is better than a thousand days in the World (Psalms 84:10). And those with that revelation want to be in the house of the Lord to serve Him and to partake of His blessings in His House. God is not in need of servers. In 1 Kings 19:9, Elijah was running for his life from Jezebel's persecution. In verse 10 and verse 14 he repeatedly told the Lord this,
He said, "I have been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of Armies; for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword. I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." (1 Kings 19:10,14, WEB)
Well, the Lord corrected Him, and revealed to Elijah that He has 7000 men in Israel who are faithful to Him. Wow. That's embarrassing isn't it? Similarly if we don't have a revelation to serve God, God will have others who will gladly take it up.We don't need to serve Him. We get to.

Ruth said she will go and glean
‘When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.’” (Leviticus 23:22, NASB)
In Leviticus, the children of Israel are instructed that when they harvest, some grains will drop away from the main gathering. Those grains are called gleaning. They are to be left for the poor, the foreigner and the needy to gather and the action of such gathering is to glean. 

To me Ruth's gleaning can represent two things to a believer today: 
  1. Some Christians may have large revelations about the bible, but the Lord will always leave smaller truths that the new believer can pick up.
  2. Some Christians may be doing big things for God. But God will always leave simpler tasks so that the new believer can contribute as well.
In any case, gleaning is a humble act and represent small beginnings. But don't despise that. Because a faithful new believer will purpose to "glean after the one in whose sight they will find favor" as mentioned in Ruth 2:2. This means although they glean, their sight is not on the harvester, not on those more experienced guys who can do big things. No. Their eyes are on the owner of the field, Jesus. And as they glean and keep their eyes on Jesus, they are really following Him, His leading. The new believers are protected always while they are in His field gleaning and they will soon find favor with the Lord. Like Ruth, they won't stay as gleaners for very long because of the goodness of their Savior. Like Ruth, the Lord would give them a position and they would find increase. Amen. (continue in part 2)

Shalom. 

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