This week we will be examining “who we are living our life for” and the question “Am I living for myself, for others, for God-where is my focus and from whom or what do I get the fulfillment that proves I am living the life I want?” Each week, I pray for God to choose and guide my words to shine a light on Him and to encourage all of you. My original thoughts for the direction of this post have changed and I want to start with the story of Ruth, my favorite woman in the Bible, to understand how to live your life for others.  [CLICK HERE TO CATCH UP]

As I stepped into Ruth’s world for the first time during Kelly Minter’s Bible study Ruth-loss, love & legacy,  I was hooked on her selflessness. The story begins with a woman named Naomi, who over a course of ten years lost her husband as well as her two sons, but gained two daughters-in-law, one of them named Ruth. Naomi had left her home, in Bethlehem to live in Moab, due to a famine, but was now ready to return. She encouraged both Ruth and the other daughter-in-law to return to their families by telling them she had nothing to offer them if they followed her. They both resisted her order, but only Ruth ultimately stayed behind with Naomi. Ruth’s words in this passage were pivotal for me as a newer follower of Jesus.

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. Ruth 1:16

This selfless act characterized Ruth throughout the story and my first thought was “I want to be like Ruth when I grow up”. The story does not end here. Kelly Minter is quick to point out that the story of Ruth is one of redemption. It is “the foreshadowing of our own redemption through Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate Kinsman-Redeemer, the One who came to save us from our own versions of Moab. Who came to save us from our sin.”

living a life for others

I believe we are redeemed through one selfless act – Jesus stepped in to save us from the destruction of our sin when he bore it for us on the cross. My belief now is that when I grow up, I want my focus on Jesus as my fulfillment in life.

Centering on the One who chose us and our gifts even before we were born will produce the unfolding of a beautiful life. Our fulfillment comes from God because He gave it to us when He selflessly chose the cross for His son, Jesus, as an unwavering act of love and redemption for all people.

I love the confirmation I received in my email box this week from Max Lucado. He asks in his devotional, “Who is in charge?”  He shares in a few short sentences that our fulfillment comes from God. He leads the way in our life if we accept and say “yes”. He illustrates this through God’s word-1 Thessalonians 5:9

 God has destined us to the full attainment of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Max drives the point home through the following words:

God’s overarching desire is that you reach that destiny. His itinerary includes stops that encourage your journey. He frowns on stops that deter you. When his sovereign plan and your earthly plan collide, a decision must be made.

The decision has and always will be in your court. Will you choose fulfillment through God or will you let the world choose for you? Max finishes his devotion by asking a question.

Who is in charge of this journey? If God must choose between your earthly satisfaction and your heavenly salvation, which do you hope he chooses? Me, too!

Blessings,

Mary

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Next week, we will look at the question-What is the life I want to live and do I have the courage to seek it out? I cherish each and everyone of you and would love to see you back here next week. If this post encouraged you or got you thinking and you don’t want to miss a single post, please sign up to receive my posts right to your email.

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