Ruth was the great grandmother of King David. She is also one of only four women specifically named by Matthew in the lineage of Christ (Matthew 1:5). This distinct honor is bestowed on her for at least two reasons, I believe: first, to recognize her as a person of great character and faith. When Orpah forsook her mother-in-law in the face of hardship, Ruth “clung” to her, and to her God, and refused to be bowed down by the cares or concerns of her present circumstances.
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Such were some of you. On one hand, what sweet words these are to believers! The church is
The same Jesus who teaches us to pray our Father in heaven tells us God runs to meet His children who come to Him by faith. So even as you run to God today, when you do, Jesus says you will find that God is running to receive you. Take the parable of the prodigal son. In the beginning, the son wants what he can get from the father: “Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me” (Luke 15:12). In other words: “What can I get from my father, how much inheritance do you have? Give me that.
Because this earth and life are so passing, Newton reminds himself—and us—of what truly, eternally matters. This flesh and heart will one day fail, and even the earth will one day dissolve. “But God, who called me here below, will be forever mine.” God is the great treasure of the universe. Those who have him, have him forever. Those who enjoy him, will enjoy him forever. Jesus puts it this way: “…this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). It is common, as each year begins,
Not only will our human flesh and hearts one day fail, but even the earth itself will one day die: “the earth shall soon dissolve like snow.” Not only is each human life temporary, but all life on this earth will soon be finished. When Jesus comes again as righteous judge, he will fold up the heavens and earth like a garment and put it away.
John Newton’s song Amazing Grace has resonated deeply with millions of Christians through the centuries since he wrote it. Doubtless this is because every believer identifies with the experience of being