"Ew! No way would I want to do that!"
"But, I went to college - I shouldn't have to be doing this!"
"I've already paid my dues - Let someone else do this!"
God, when you said "serve Me" I didn't think you would mean like this!"
Have you ever said or even thought things like this to God? I'm studying the book of Ruth with the ladies of my church (& with ladies Online - click here for more info) and I'm learning so much from this very small book!
I'm sure you're familiar with Ruth's story. At the very beginning Ruth's husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law dies. She & her mother-in-law journey from Moab back to Naomi's homeland - Judah. Upon arriving in Bethlehem, Ruth immediately finds work. She doesn't spend days working on her resume, or asking Naomi for the "hookups" for the best job - she immediately humbles herself by asking Naomi if she can glean.
Never do we see Ruth complain that this was the only work she could find or that she was above doing this kind of work! Ruth positioned herself - humbled herself - for a very menial task. Not only did she humble herself for such a lowly task, but she worked hard at it too!!
Ruth 2: 2, 7 (NASB)
And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, 'Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find favor.
"Thus she came and has remained from the morning until now;"
As a result of this humbling hard work, Ruth put herself in a position to be blessed - and she didn't even know it! As a result of her gleaning, she met Boaz! Most of us know the rest of the story of Ruth. She marries Boaz and they become the parents of Obed. Obed is the father of Jesse. Jesse is the father of King David! And from King David we eventually see Jesus!
Wow! My take home message from this passage is HUGE!
God could very well have you in just the right position to bless you - IN A HUGE WAY!
This position could put you in just the right pathway for God's provision!
So keep working steadily, like Ruth, find favor with those whom you're serving and wait for the Lord's provisions! I have a feeling it will knock your socks off!
If you've experienced a HUGE blessing as a result of a menial task - please share it with us!
I would love to share in God's provision with you!
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