Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Broken Family on Mission

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. 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 NIV)

This passage shows the sweet love of a daughter for her mother-in-law.

Naomi's loving family of two sons who'd recently married turned broken and tragic when the sons died widowing their wives and seemingly wrecking Naomi's future.

Naomi, a Jew, and her sons showed Ruth how a family of God lives. This apparently appealed to Ruth so much that she wanted to live with Naomi after being widowed instead of staying home with her own family in Moab.

Normally, a young widow would stay near her own tribe and look for another husband. This was a simple matter of survival. Prostitution was often the only other option. Instead, Ruth stays with Naomi whom she loves and goes to Israel a broken family.

When Christ-following families live like Christ, it's attractive to non-Christ-followers. They are drawn to these families, their mission, and  Christ.

This is what a family on mission looks like. In this case, the family is almost totally decimated with the death of Naomi's two sons leaving her with two daughter-in-laws and no grandchildren. Her future looked bleak.

However, God had other plans and blessed Naomi and Ruth for generations to come. As a result, Ruth became the grandmother of King David and eventually found herself in the line of Jesus Christ.

Living as a family on mission isn't just a good idea. It's how Christ calls each of us to live collectively. It's a powerful apologetic drawing unlikely followers towards Christ. It's also a joy to experience.

What is God saying to you today?

What are you going to do about it?