Friday, December 15 – Ruth 4:13-17
So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he had relations with her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. May he also be to you one who restores life and sustains your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse. And the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The Christmas season is a reminder of the value of family. We invest in our families through gifts, travel, and hard work to cook and host them. Our families can be points of stress, but they are also channels of our legacy. How fitting then, is it that God brought redemption to Ruth and Naomi through family. These women who had nothing now had a legacy because of the Lord. This moment of redemption was not something that they only accepted as a gift for themselves but one that they gave God glory with. They named the baby, Obed which means “servant of God.” They consecrated this new life, committing the child to a legacy of service to God.
What do we do with the gifts God has given us? Do we use them for ourselves, or do we dedicate them to the Lord, recognizing the One who has given to us? Christ set this example for His disciples when, after washing their feet, He taught them “You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’; and you are correct, for so I am. So if I, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example, so that you also would do just as I did for you” (John 13:13-15).
In this Christmas season, we receive so much. Let’s follow Christ by being intentional in prayer, word, and deed to serve God with what we receive. As we do, we will point others to the beauty of life with God.
- What gifts has God given you? How do you use them?
- Who in your life seeks to dedicate all they do and have to God?
- Pray and thank God for the things He has given you. Offer them back to Him in worship.