Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Drawing People to God

My religious little mind was slightly surprised at Ruth's claim that Naomi's God would be her God (Ruth 1:16). It appears she didn't know who God was, but she knew who Naomi was. She doesn't say she will follow Naomi because Naomi follows God. It's the other way around. She wasn't drawn to God because of himself, but because she loved who Naomi was.

Interestingly, it doesn't appear that God is offended with this. Religion might be, but God isn't. In fact, God rewards Ruth when she returns to Israel: she finds a great husband, and then has children and grandchildren -- even descendants which include King David and Jesus Christ.

These thoughts challenge my perspective in drawing people to Christ.


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