Ruth 2:11 Your Character Will Be Known

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Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of  your husband–how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.” Ruth 2:11 

Things that are done in the home in secret are often thought of as private and that no one knows about it. Yet, it is these actions that show the true character of a person. It shows what they are really like, instead of just putting on a show for the public.

People also talk and learn about what a person is really like. Everywhere a person goes, others are watching and listening. They are subconsciously finding out what a person is really like.

When Ruth and Naomi had moved to Bethlehem, Ruth had begun to gather leftover grain in the field of Boaz. After hearing about her, Boaz made sure she was given extra grain, providing abundantly for her. Ruth noticed the extra provision and asked him why he was treating her so well. He told her that it was because he had learned of everything she had done, leaving her family and homeland to stay with Ruth in a foreign land.

Ruth’s character of selflessness, loyalty and caring was seen by everyone. Her character had preceded her to others, giving her extra favor.

A person’s character will be seen by other people, whether it is good or bad. If it is a bad character, people will stay away and not trust. If it is a good character, they will come near and be faster to support.

Believers also show some character. Their character is to be one that portrays that of Jesus Christ. One of love, mercy, grace, kindness, patience and more. Although these are the characteristics believers should show, many are showing the characteristics of the world, hatred, jealousy, anger, rudeness and impatience.

People are watching you and wanting to know who you really are. They are trying to find out if your actions are matching your words.

If your character is matching that of Jesus, people will be faster to listen to you talk about Him. They will know that you are real in what you say and they will believe that the reason for this is because of Jesus.

If your character is like that of the world’s, then no one will listen to you talk about Jesus.

What is your character saying about you?

I pray today that you will live like Jesus did; that your character will match that of Jesus; that you will live true to God before all people; and that you will see God’s favor on your life. 

 

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Mark 3:35 Are You A Part Of His Family?

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Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3:35

As Jesus was talking His mother and brothers came up wanting to see Him. Some people told Him that they were waiting. He then asked the question of who His family was. Then He answered His question with stating that those who do His will is part of His family.

Family blood runs deep with some families. Those who are related by blood will often do whatever is needed to protect and take care of other members of the family.

One illustration of dedicated family is of the mafia families that are often portrayed in movies. They are seen to take care of family members, as long as the member does his part as a member of the family. If one member of the family betrays the other members of the family, he is often cut off from the family. In the movies, that person is often killed.

People are born into being selfish and sinful, doing their own thing rather than what God wants them to do. At that point, people are not a part of God’s family. They are a part of the family of the devil or this world.

To be a part of God’s family one must do what God wants that person to do. God wants people to believe in His Son Jesus, who died on the cross for their sins. He wants them to listen to Jesus and obey all that He says. 

Once a person gives his heart to Jesus, he has repented of his sins and begins to obey God. This obedience is doing God’s will. At that point he is now a member of God’s family. He is either a brother, sister or mother to Jesus, with God the Father being the Father of all.

Doing His will is easy, if you allow it to be. It comes down to two simple rules: love God and love everyone else. This is exactly what Jesus did when He came and walked upon this earth. He loved God by obeying what He wanted Him to do. He loved everyone else by dying for their sins on the cross.

How are you doing at doing what God wants you to do?

The more you do what He wants, the more you are a part of the family of Jesus. Are you a part of His family?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God; that you will do what He wants you to do; and that you will love God and everyone else.

Psalm 86:11 An Undivided Heart

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

It is common and often accepted practice for a person to change loyalties to someone or something. People commonly do not stick with a person through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad times.

Along with changes of the good and bad times, many change who they choose to follow. For a short time they follow one person, then they suddenly change to follow someone else. They have a divided heart.

This same type of action can occur among people who are in the church. For a while they follow God with all their heart, then suddenly they choose to walk away and follow someone else. It is often seen as a matter of convenience. What is the best comfort at the moment is often asked, and then pursued.

People with divided hearts will go to church on Sunday and worship with all of their heart. Then on Monday, while at work, completely follow the ways of this world, lying, cheating, cursing, condemning, hating, getting revenge, and whatever other sin comes their way.

Jesus wants His people to be either hot or cold, but not lukewarm. Being lukewarm is having a divided heart. It is choosing God when it is comfortable and convenient, and choosing the world when it is not comfortable and convenient.

The only way you can have an undivided heart is to know God’s ways. You must know how God acts and speaks at all times. This will then help you to rely on His faithfulness. You will know in your heart that you can trust in God.

As you know that you can trust in God, you will give up the divided heart. You will fear God and God alone. You will no longer be concerned with what the world is saying because you will know that you are doing what God wants.

Where does your loyalty lie? Is it with God or with this world?

If your heart is divided between God and this world, it is set with this world. God is not in your heart if it is divided.

Allow God to change your heart by teaching you His ways. Have an undivided heart that is loyal to God and Him alone.

I pray today that you will know God’s ways; that you will know God’s faithfulness; that you will be loyal to God; that your heart will not be divided; and that you will serve God with all of your life.