By Jasmine Green on June 17, 2013
This devotional is the second of a three-part series about living a Kingdom legacy.
Last month, we looked at Ruth’s choice to live a Kingdom legacy life and how it benefited from spiritual kinship – by positioning herself alongside a ‘spiritual mother’ who would share her knowledge, wisdom and life experiences for Ruth to learn from.
As Ruth’s journey continued, another key principle Kingdom legacy living becomes evident.
2. A Kingdom legacy life attracts favor
In chapter 2, Ruth goes to work in the fields to support herself and Naomi. She arrives early at the nearest fields and receives permission to collect the grain left over from the field workers.
Boaz, the owner of the land, arrives onsite and asks his foreman who she is. He learns that it’s Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law, and officially extends the offer to her to continue working in his field, helping herself to the water from the well, and even the protection of staying with his young women workers.
With all of this kindness poured upon her, Ruth inquires about the favor she has been shown, especially as a foreigner. Boaz’s replies,
“I…know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” (Ruth 2:11-12 NLT)
It’s interesting that Boaz had to ask who she was at first. But when he found out, he was already aware of whom this woman was, and more significantly, the Kingdom legacy life choices she had put into motion.
What I notice in this passage is a supernatural principle is at work.
In God’s marvelous economy, which is logically puzzling yet amazingly tangible, blessings not only accrue in Heaven but in this earthly life too.
When you choose to live a Kingdom legacy life – putting God first in your life as a priority – you will encounter favor with God and favor with man.
It reminds me of Proverbs 21:1 (NLT):
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.
When I reflect and consider how God’s favor has been poured out on my life, I often think, “who am I, but a little speck of dust in comparison to the entire universe, that God cares so much and blesses me in turn?”.
Well, that’s just the nature of who He is; He is faithful to those who show themselves faithful.
For me, I’ve found that once I embarked on my Kingdom legacy life journey, there was no way I wanted to go back to my old ‘ordinary’ life. How about you?
Don’t forget to check back next month for the final and third part of this series: living a Kingdom legacy life transforms generations.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.