When Ruth was gleaning in the fields, Boaz saw her. The harvesters had told him she had been working hard all day. Boaz went to her and said, “Stay right behind the young women working in my field. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And, when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well,” (Ruth 2:8-9 NLT).
Thanking him, Ruth asked what she had done to deserve this kindness since she was a foreigner. Boaz said, “Yes, I know. But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband,” (Ruth 2:11 NLT).
Before we obeyed Christ, we were also foreigners, weren’t we? The apostle Paul wrote, “So, now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family,” (Ephesians 2:19 NLT).
What have I done, Lord, to deserve this kindness? “You are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people.”
Thanks be to God for the great gift of his son.