What if God wants to use you as a friend in the lives of others? What if His design and His desire is to use you in the life of another person and other people? What if following Jesus actually requires selflessly, sacrificially giving of yourself for the benefit of others? At a time when many of us are dealing with social distancing and isolation, even this week during a winter storm, it’s easy to lose track of actively working to be a kind and tenderhearted Christ-like friend to others.
In the book of Ruth (Ruth 2:10-23), God began to weave the lives of three people together – bringing each of them to the right place at the right time to meet the needs of each other. Here’s the biblical principle we’ll see in action: The Lord uses Christ-like relationships to meet our needs – and the needs of others – as His children. Let’s look at the lives of Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi, people that God used to encourage each other. What was it about each of them that made them available to be used in each other’s lives? More importantly, what do we need to notice through the development of this biblical story? How can God use us, how can God use you, to meet the needs of others?
sermon by: Larry Murray
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