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FROM THE FORSAKEN ONE TO THE CHOSEN ONE

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FROM THE FORSAKEN ONE TO THE CHOSEN ONE

FROM THE FORSAKEN ONE TO THE CHOSEN ONE

“So Bo’az took Ruth and she became his wife; and he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son….  They named him Obed; he was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 5: 13, 17)
PRELUDE
This is the Genesis of the lineage of Christ Jesus and the birth of King David’s grandfather, Obed.
As I read this story again I couldn’t help but notice that this story started in misery, pain, tragedy and what the world would probably call outright failure, with Naomi, Ruth, Elimelech, Chillon, Mahlon and Orphah.
We all pray for breakthroughs and good success, we all read great stories and hear big testimonies and most times, but we just find it convenient to skip and edit the parts we don’t like to relate to. Today I want to quickly go back in time on the story and share with  you seven lessons I have personally learned from this story.
THE STORY 
Elimelech started the journey by leaving home with his wife Naomi and two sons, in search of green pastures/ opportunities/ Golden Fleece. “there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons” (Ruth 1: 1)
But a few years into the sojourn, disaster struck.
” Elim’elech, the husband of Na’omi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years; and both Mahlon and Chil’ion died, so that the woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband.” (Ruth 1:3-5)
What seemed to be a great trip to a land of opportunities suddenly became a horror movie for Naomi, so she sets out to return home, back to where they came from, with Orpah and Ruth, her widowed daughter inlaws. As they Journeyed on, she changes her mind and asks the two ladies to turn back as she felt she had nothing to offer them. “Na’omi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house” (Ruth 1:8)
So Orpah turns back, but Ruth insists and decides to go with Naomi to the ends of the earth.
LESSONS 
What can we learn from Ruth?
How did Ruth become the chosen one from being the forsaken one?
What did Ruth do that singled her out for her breakthrough?
LESSON 1.
DON’T THROW IN THE TOWEL AT THE SLIGHTEST OPPORTUNITY 

Ruth was persistent. She refused to give up and give up or give in even when it was the obvious thing to do.

 “But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried.” (Ruth 1: 16-17)
Ruth held on to something she could not see, for by faith we move mountains.

Do you always persist until you are rewarded or do you throw in the towel when the going gets tough?
Do you persevere until something happens or do you just have a habit of giving up when the odds are against you?
Remember that it may be tough and hazy, confusing and painful, but “when you decide where you’re going, you’ll find signposts that lead you there”
LESSON 2
DON’T FOLLOW THE CROWD, FOLLOW YOUR HEART
“Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her…. See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law” (Ruth 1:14-15)
Orpah kissed her mother in law goodbye, saying “thank you very much for the bad luck thus far, but I am done with you” “Thanks for the lesson in misery but I will take my leave now”
Phew! Orpah’ eyes must have been telling a story about their mother-inlaw to Ruth.
“you crazy Ruth?” “Still following this loser after all that’s happened?”
But Ruth didn’t follow the crowd, she saw something in their mother inlaw, which was latent to the naked eye and so she pressed on with Naomi.
Do you just do what the others do or do you think and pray through your choices before you make them?
Do you follow the crowd or do you ask, what would Jesus do?
Remember that “today’s decisions are tomorrow’s realities”
LESSON 3
ACTION IS THE PRE-REQUISITE FOR BREAKTHROUGHS
Upon their return to Bethlehem, “the whole town was stirred because of them; and the women said, “Is this Na’omi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Na’omi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. (Ruth 1:19-20) 
Mara means bitterness. Naomi was bitter and having a pity party.
Ruth refused to wallow in self pity even though her mother in law was having a pity party. 
While Naomi was accepting condolences for her tragedies, “Ruth the Moabitess said to Na’omi, “Let me go to the field, and glean among the ears of grain” (Ruth 2: 2)
Ruth was over it and was ready to go again!
“Can I go and start work now?”
“Can we put this tragedy behind and move on please?”
“Can we end the pity party and put on the Just Dance anthem?”
What about you?
How long would it take you to get over IT?
How long would you put your life on hold because of IT?
Can you move on so the Lord can take you to a NEW PLACE?
“Those who stand still never get there” I am yet to see someone make it by just waiting for IT. Be proactive with your dreams
LESSON 4 
WORK TODAY SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORK TOMORROW- HARD WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
 “It is the Moabite maiden… and she has continued from early morning until now, without resting for a moment” (Ruth 2:6-7)
Ruth worked so hard that the boss took notice of her.
It wasn’t eye service and it wasn’t to please anybody.
Ruth just needed a break. She wanted a different life. She was driven. She was obsessed and she went about her work “without resting”
Sometimes you have to sow work in order to reap blessings!
Sometimes you have to sow sweat in order to reap fulfilment. Hello!
Ruth was so diligent that the boss noticed her and her work “Bo’az said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose maiden is this?” (Ruth 2:5)
Is your work on your business noticed by your staff?
Would your work ethics attract customers to you and your stall?
Is your diligence plain for your boss and colleagues to see?
Will your work habits be enough to take you to that next level you crave or are you just playing around with IT?
Remember “opportunity often comes unannounced in form of hard work, misfortunes and overalls”
LESSON 5
FAVOUR COMES KNOCKING WHEN YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING
Most times we pray for favour and blessings
Question is, is your work attracting favour towards you?
Ruth’s work found favour and the boss decided to keep her on the job.
“Then Bo’az said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my maidens.” (Ruth2:8-9)
Is your good work enough to promote you?
Are you working so hard that favour cannot bypass you or are you just praying for it?
Stop praying and start doing something that cannot be ignored.
Don’t wait on God for IT, He is waiting for you to get serious with IT.
Remember, “Even a turtle has to stick its neck out to move forward”
LESSON 6
WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU?
They say “you can use whatever language you want, but you can never say anything but what you are”
“But Bo’az answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord recompense you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge” (Ruth 2: 11-12)
 
Ever heard the one about actions speaking louder than your voice?
Ruth’s testimony shone far brighter than her words and that was what defined her relationship with Boaz; trust.
When people hear about you in business, work, relationships, would what they hear about you make them trust you?
Would it make them Want to do business with you?
Would it make them Want to enter a relationship with you?
Would it make them trust you to manage what they have?
LESSON 7
OBEDIENCE IS THE KEY THAT UNLOCKS THE DOOR OF SUCCESS
“So she kept close to the maidens of Bo’az, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests; and she lived with her mother-in-law” (Ruth 2:23)
“And she replied, “All that you say I will do.” (Ruth 3:5)
“Everything you ask me to do, I will, even when it sounds stupid” “Lord I will jump, even if it looks like it’ll be a free fall” “I’ll trust you and not lean on my understanding even when is seems daft to do so”
Pr 3: 5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding or insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Ruth obeyed her mother inlaw, and went on to obey her boss who later became her husband.
Are you a rebel or do you subject to authority?
Do you have a teachable spirit or do you possess a fiery, argumentative and unteachable spirit?
2Sam 15:22 says “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
Ruth found favour and became successful, but think about the things she did to make her get to destiny-ation;
1- She didn’t throw in the towel
2- She followed her heart and not the crowd.
3- She didn’t just laze about. Her Actions led her to success
4- She worked hard now to get the life she wanted in the future
5- Favour comes faster to those who do something
6- What people say about you is far greater than riches or any other thing
7- Obedience is the key that opens the door to unlimited breakthroughs
Yes she made it! Ruth made it! Are you ready to make IT too?
May God give you understanding in these things amen.

3 Comments

  1. AMEN!!!!. Thank you so much for sharing these powerful insights @ Jide. God bless you

    • All the glory to God.
      Thanks for leaving comments

    • Glory to God!

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