So, you want a Reward? Well, DO SOMETHING!
Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel,
under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
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BlogFam, I am confident that you have heard the following statement before.
You can’t get something for nothing!
We have all heard that statement at one point or another. Someone shared these words of wisdom with us directly or indirectly in order to teach us that we are rewarded after we have completed an assignment in advance. This phrase is along the lines of the spiritual lesson that we reap what we sow. And there is truth in both phrases no matter which one you prefer.
The issue is that some of us really just want to skip to the reward or the harvest without ever doing anything – working, sowing, plowing, tilling, planning, following up – nothing. We want to reap the benefits of a pleasant reward without having done anything to deserve such a reward. And when we see others reaping the benefits off of work that they have never done, we think, why not us? Why shouldn’t I reap the benefits off of work I have never done? Some of us will admit this. Others will not. But we have ALL been the recipients of the hard work of someone else. We have all been rewarded in some way for work that we never had to do. Friends, I know that there is a fine line when having this kind of conversation but it is a conversation that we need to have so that we can truly evaluate the true cost of the harvests we have or have not seen.
So, I think the bottom line is this. YES, there are rewards we receive because of the work of others for reasons we cannot explain – but for the favor of our God AND there are rewards we receive that flow from the actual work we have done in advance. And while we might actually prefer the first option, today, I want to encourage you to appreciate the value of option two and DO SOMETHING!
The story of Ruth as recorded in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament is a really great story of love and loss, grace and grief, hope and hard work. I encourage you to go and read it in its entirety when you can. At this place in the text, Ruth and Boaz are meeting for the first time. He has heard about the things that Ruth has done in order to support her elderly mother-in-law, Naomi, since the death of Naomi’s husband and two sons. Ruth was also a widow for she had been married to one of Naomi’s sons, who was now deceased. Immediately after the death of her support system, Naomi told both of her daughters-in-law that they could return to their families. Orpah left. Ruth stayed.
Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.
“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods.
Go back with her.”
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem.
And one of the first things that Ruth does when they arrive, is go to work at the top of Chapter two. She goes to work in the fields of Boaz and she catches his eye – while she is working. He asks the field supervisor about whom she is and then after some more observation, he initiates a conversation with her and she found favor with him. Ruth continues working.
Then, Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have DONE for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel,
under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
My Friends, the story continues to unfold and a romance blossoms between Boaz and Ruth. You have got to read it! But for now, I want us all to focus on the words of Boaz – “I’ve been told all about what you have DONE… May the Lord repay you for what you have DONE, May you be richly rewarded by the Lord.”
You can’t get something for nothing. This is where we started. And where we will end. The blessing that Boaz speaks over the life of Ruth was for WORK that he had already heard and seen her do. As a result of her WORK, she found favor with Boaz and in time received a reward from the Lord.
My sistas and brothas, is there something that you are NOT doing that is delaying the reward of the Lord from manifesting in your life? Are you waiting to reap a harvest when you have not planted one seed or watered your own garden? When will you decide to take action TO DO whatever it takes pursue your dreams? If you want a reward, DO SOMETHING!
It is time for you to STOP taking advantage of the grace of the Lord, the kindness of others, the generosity of the people who love you, and DO SOMETHING! It is time for you to re-evaluate the reasons for the lack of rewards in your own life and consider what work you have actually completed in order to receive such rewards. It is time for you to seek the Lord for how you can be a blessing in the field of Kingdom work. It is time for you to quit talking about what you plan to do and start working your plan. It is time for you to stop criticizing the work of others especially while you are sitting on your blessed assurance in God and doing nothing! Friends, if you want a reward, DO SOMETHING! And I pray that WHATEVER YOU DO, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.[Colossians 3:17]
Now, GET to WORK!!! YOUR REWARD IS COMING!!! AND –
May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.
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