The redeemer replied, “I can’t redeem [it] myself, or I will ruin my [own] inheritance. Take my right of redemption, because I can’t redeem it.” – Ruth 4:6
When a close relative of Naomi’s husband was offered the opportunity to “redeem” her property (by taking responsibility for all her needs), he refused because Ruth was also part of the deal. Apparently, he was concerned that her descendants would dilute his own family’s holdings by dividing the inheritance “pie” into smaller pieces. Of course, none of this mattered to Boaz. He loved Ruth more than his “stuff” and this love made all the difference in his decision to redeem.
There are some members of Christ’s kingdom who struggle to invest their whole hearts and lives in His service. They are afraid that if they do, their lives will change … that the Lord will take over every area of their lives and, in effect, “dilute their personal holdings.” On the other hand, there are those who don’t care about their “stuff.” They only see the Son of God. They love Him wholeheartedly and willingly give their lives to Him in the hope that by Him and through Him and with Him the entire Kingdom and HIS inheritance might increase.
Be the person in love with Jesus for this is what it means to be truly redeemed.
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. – Thomas Carlyle
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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