We continue the sermon series of Ruth with Redeeming Love. The word redeem is defined as to restore or recover. To be able to redeem someone, we must understand that redemption is costly.
In chapter four, we dive into how Boaz redeems Ruth. Boaz was willing to redeem Ruth but could not because there was a closer relative to the family who may choose to redeem Ruth. The closer relative happily accepts his responsibility as the redeemer but then refuses after hearing that he will have to redeem Ruth as well. He did not want to risk sacrificing his inheritance. The closer relative gives the responsbility of redempion to Boaz. Boaz welcomes the responsibility of being the redeemer even if it cost him his inheritance. He accepts the responsibility of restoring the name of Elimelech and Mahlon by marrying Ruth.
Scripture teaches that Jesus is the Great High Priest (Hebrews 4). He is the Redeemer whom redeems us by offering Himself to be the perfect sacrifice to atoned us from sin.
Believers are also redeemers. We are called to be ambassadors of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are to emulate Christ's love by being priests to the world (1 Peter 2:5-9). Believers are commanded to offer themselves as spiritual sacrifices (Hebrrews 13:5-6).
How can believers be redeemers? They can be redeemers in three ways. First, they can be redeemers by investing their time in the lives of others. By investing their time, it shows believers the importance of relationship. Through their relationships, believers can nurture accountability and trust.
Secondly, believers can be redeemers by serving within the community. Believers must represent a servant-heart like Christ. They must learn how to place the needs of others above their own as they serve the community. No service is too big or too small for God to use for His glory. A serving heart will make known to others our Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16).
Lastly, believers can be redeemers by giving. When believers give generously, whether it is financially, time, or resource, it allows opportunities for the church to minister without any concerns. Ministry is not free. Ministry is not cheap. The Apostle Paul understands the importance of partnerships and giving (2 Corinthians 8). He encourages believers to be good stewards in what God has given us.
Believers are commanded to be redeemers. As redeemers, we must be willing to make sacrifices. What are you willing to sacrifice, so that the Kingdom of God may be glorified?