Thursday, October 21, 2010

Redemption Story

"Your God will be my God." Ruth 1:16 (NIV)

Bobbye and I are Bible studying with some of our grandmother friends, working through Kelly Minter's Ruth: Loss, Love, & Legacy.

Refusing to turn back home, the determined and dedicated Ruth declared to Naomi, "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God!" (Ruth 1: 16).

Ruth's story remains an impressive one. After suffering great loss, this courageous foreign woman demonstrated noble character: strong loyalty, genuine humility, proper work ethic, unwavering commitment, and... she found love in the end!

Ruth married her kinsman-redeemer ( Ruth 2: 20; Lev. 25: 25-30), the kind and generous Boaz, a man of great wealth and a descendant of the prostitute, Rahab (Josh 2; 6: 22-25), who had also come to fear the LORD and live among His people.

Not only did Ruth discover the love and redemption of a great and wonderful man; but, she experienced the loving redemption of the great and wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ!

Because Jesus gave himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own (Titus 2: 14), each one of us can have a wonderful story of redemption. What's your story?

Let's tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,  his power, and the wonders he has done (Psalm 78:4). Share your story, both orally and through the written word. Creative Memories co-founder Rhonda Anderson recommends beginning with prayer, asking God for discernment as to what stories to record and what details to include. Next, record your story - such as your redemption, marriage, or a birth story. Finally, share your story with a loved one.

  • For descendants to experience the redeeming love of Jesus Christ, so that our God will be their God. Titus 2: 14; Ruth 1: 16
  • To share the hope you have in Christ. 1 Peter 3: 15
  • That nations turn to the LORD and worship Him. Psalm 22: 27

Share your redemption story, and pray continually!

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