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How To Have Character That Counts

Boaz and Ruth both placed their trust in the word of God and followed what He said, even when no one was watching. Doing that caused them both to stand out, which pointed others to the Lord.

God called Ruth to get Boaz’s attention in an unconventional way to bring Ruth and Boaz together and provide for Naomi and Ruth. Ruth slipped in under the cover of darkness and slept at Boaz’s feet, a move that otherwise may have been scandalous. However, Boaz had seen Ruth’s character day after day in the fields. He knew she was different from other women, that she did not “run after the young men” (Ruth 3:10). Likewise, it was Boaz’s character that made Ruth and Naomi know he could be trusted to do the right thing.

For Christians, character is an essential attribute to measure the health of our relationship with the Lord. Just as Ruth and Boaz stood out for doing what was right in the face of adversity, so should Christians. When believers seek a closer relationship with God through reading the Bible and going through life with other believers, their knowledge of when and how to do the right thing deepens. When Christians develop deep character, others around them notice something is different, which provides opportunities to tell others about Jesus.

Reflect

  • Think of a Christian whose character you admire. What makes that person stand out, and what is that person doing to grow closer to Jesus?
  • What does your character say about the health of your relationship with Jesus?
  • What is your next step to grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus? Maybe you need to read your Bible everyday, join a group or start volunteering. Ask the Lord to show you what step to take and then be faithful like Ruth and Boaz.

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