I know this is something that we have all shared about before but I have really been pondering this lately. Dickie Jones, our Sunday school teacher, has taught a few lessons on this topic for the last couple of weeks and it got me to thinking. I do think we should share our stories with each other, sometimes our failures are much easier to share because who wants to sound “braggy” with our successes? As a body of believers, we should be there to build up each other in failures and also celebrate our victories. How will we know what’s going on if we don’t “post it”, “pin it”, or “pass it on”? It’s all about making connections just as Jesus did when He shared His stories and parables. So, if we are to be like Jesus… it’s all about our relationships and making connections with other people. The Lord has blessed each of us with a story to tell; He gives us all different experiences to share. Then when we go out, like the disciples, we try to make our connections. We glean something from each story that is shared and then we pass that on to someone else. All of this to build our Christ community and to be His hands, feet, and voice to everyone we meet.
One Sunday we talked about the story of Ruth. You remember, Ruth left her home and followed her mother-in law, Naomi, back to her home (Bethlehem). Naomi must have shared her faith and relationship with God with Ruth and made an everlasting impact on her life because she left her own family to go with her in-laws! Ruth married Boaz and she was in the lineage of Christ! We can all make that connection; God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Also, the story keeps referring to Ruth as the “Moabite”. This description in the story goes back to Lot (Genesis 19). His daughters tricked him into sleeping with them and through one daughter the Moabites were born, a despised people. Ruth was also from an incestuous line of an extremely dysfunctional family! God did not leave this detail out; the connection… God uses us as we are, where we are, and anyone can be used for His glory.
So I think this little 4-chapter story of Ruth makes two main connections for me…
1. Share your success, go ahead and brag about what the Lord has done in your life. Share with a close friend, and then they can share it with others they connect with. Like Ruth, well, maybe not as directly, we are all in the family of believers, be proud!
2. Share your failures and struggles. Someone else might need to know that if you have gotten through some hard times; then maybe they can too. God uses imperfect people with imperfect families to carry out His perfect will. God doesn’t look at our past to determine our worth; but at our hearts to determine our future.
This week go out make connections, be Christ to someone and share your story, your gifts, or your time with others.
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His field.” Matthew 9:37-38
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