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Friday, April 22, 2016

Quiet Time: Glean As You Go

The Gleaners, by Jean-François Millet
Glean As You Go
Being a person of noble character

“And she (Ruth) said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ Thus she came and has remained from the morning until now; she has been sitting in the house for a little while.” - Ruth 2:7

Read: Ruth (it's a short story well worth your time)

A worship arts pastor who leads a very large and growing ministry shared that it was his willingness to minister wherever God opened the door that eventually led to the position he now holds.

Pastor G. did not attend seminary and had zero formal training in either church leadership or music theory. What he did have, however, was a godly heritage and innumerable hours of practical application in leading worship. Like Ruth the Moabitestess, he worked hard in the field God placed him.

Had Ruth not been "a woman of noble character" (Ruth 3:11) Boaz wouldn't have married her, and her life would've simply been another meaningless loss in the mass of humanity. As it turns out, Ruth ends up being the great grandmother of King David (in the lineage of the Messiah) not to mention, a living example of self sacrifice and lovingkindness.

The takeaway: don't sell yourself short simply because you have no letters before your name (Dr., Mstr of..., etc...) simply glean the field God gives you and serve Him to the best of your ability. Like Ruth, you may find yourself blessed beyond your wildest dreams.

When we serve Him selflessly He opens doors we never knew existed.


  1. I love the story of Ruth! Her willingness to go to a foreign land and follow a foreign God and her faithfulness to Naomi.

  2. Ruth is one of my favorite bible characters.
    To think that God would use a despised Moabite to move His plan along is so encouraging (see Deut. 23:3)
    It is a foreshadowing of God's accepting us despised sinners when we, by faith by accept the selfless act of His Son.