The theme for this month is ‘Women For Christ’, and I want to focus on the story of two women who received extraordinary blessings by doing the ordinary. This article is for women who are disheartened because they feel like they are not doing spectacular things for God, and so won’t receive blessings – God sees all that you do, He sees you and is pleased.
There is no blueprint on how to receive the blessings of God, but I do believe that there are three things that we can do which invite blessings into our lives – we need to love like Jesus, be faithful and be obedient. The journey one takes to do these things are subjective. Some show the love of Jesus by giving up their possessions and dedicating their life to the poor, and some just buy a coffee for the homeless guy around the corner every now and again. But please, hear me when I say that no one’s journey is more important than another’s. The person who buys coffee for the homeless is no less godly than the person who dedicates their life to the poor – they will both be blessed because God called us to love one another in a variety of ways. Let’s not forget, the greatest giver in the Bible was a poor woman who gave her last two copper coins!
The story of Ruth and Naomi shows us that if we love each other the way God loves us, if we are faithful and obedient, God will change our lives for the better and give us countless blessings.
Ruth was an ordinary woman who loved her mother-in-law so much that she left her home to live as a foreigner in a different country, and decided that “your people will be my people and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16). Ruth had nothing: all the men in her family had died and she lived during a time of famine. But instead of becoming disheartened and going back home to her parents, she stuck with her mother-in-law (Naomi) and followed her back home. Ruth chose to follow Naomi’s people and her God because of how Naomi treated her – Naomi’s behaviour was a guideline to how Ruth expected God to treat her. By loving Ruth the way the Father loved her, Naomi was blessed by God, because through love Ruth gave her life to God.
Even though Naomi only brought one person to faith during her life, she’s still carried out the instructions of God. Luke 14:23 says “Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled”. Naomi used love, kindness and affection to fill the Father’s house. What are you going to use?
Ruth’s life speaks so strongly to me because it shows me that if I remain faithful to God and am good and loyal to others, He will provide for my every need. Psalm 23 starts “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” and ends with “Surely goodness and mercy, shall follow me all of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. This is so true of Ruth’s life. Before she knew God she was a starving widow, but once she became part of the shepherd’s flock, God gave her a husband to provide for her, food to fill her belly and a son who became the father of King David, an ancestor of Jesus. But surely, Ruth must have done something pretty amazing to receive such a blessing from God, right? Well, not really – all Ruth did was treat people well. She was loyal to those who had been good to her and worked hard. In fact, it was her hard work that caught the attention of Boaz, her husband, in the first place – and for God this was enough.
God takes delight in the simple things we do. We just need to have the desire to honour Him. Proverbs 31 honours the woman who brings her husband good and not harm, who looks after the poor and needy and who works hard and is industrious. We all can do these things. Doing our best to serve others is not beyond our capabilities, because God wants us to succeed so He can bless us.
What ties this all together is obedience. God surrounds us with blessings but we must obey Him to access them. Exodus 19:5 says: “Now if you will obey, and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure”. God loves us regardless of whether we’re obedient or not, but showing honour through obedience endears God to us. Naomi showered Ruth with blessings before Ruth even said she would go back with her, and once she did Naomi committed herself to finding Ruth a husband. Naomi was an old woman and she gave Ruth another chance at life – just imagine what the creator of Heaven and Earth can give to you.
Lord, I thank you that you see us as enough. There is no need for competition, because you have abundant love for each one of us. Lord, come and change our perspective and show us what it really means to feel blessed and bless others, regardless of what we do to serve you. Amen.
By Rhesa Ojomoh