Not accepted. Not included. Born in the wrong place.
All of these describe Ruth, the widowed daughter in law of Naomi. She was a Moabite. The Israelites hated the Moabites. She was a Gentile. She was a young widow – a relatively worthless person in the community.
And she chose to go back to Bethlehem with Naomi. She chose to become part of Naomi’s people. She chose to love and serve Naomi’s God.
As we read on in the story, we see how God blesses her through these choices by giving her a new husband, a new family and a new son.
A Moabite, a Gentile, becomes part of the lineage of King David. Which becomes the lineage of the Savior of the World, Jesus.
Jesus told us that there is just one way to heaven, one way to the Father, and its through him. There is only one way but it is available to everyone. Everyone is accepted. Everyone is included. And we were all born in the right place – here on earth.
Because God so loved the world that he sent his only son to die for us so that anyone and everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
He loves us all so very much!
Thank you, dear Father!