Who Am I? {Discovering Identity Through Ruth}

As a young bride she never imagined her husband would die in a few short years.  Alone.  The chance for remarriage in her culture? Slim to none.  A life of poverty seemed certain.

She’d met her husband while he and his family visited from a foreign land. Now, it was time for his mom to return, for she was alone too.  Her husband and sons had all died.

To go or to stay?  That became the question.  Going with her mother-in-law would not be easy.  She’d have to turn her back on her people, never to see her family again. If she stayed, she might get a chance to remarry. Might.  If she went?  Chances at remarriage in a land of people who despised her kind would be even less.  Planting new roots would be nearly impossible.

What hope did she have?  The future looked bleak.

Can you identify with this sweet gal?  Labeled by her ancestry and past.  Mistakes made.  Wrong paths chosen.

Labeled by those around her as lowly, used, and hopeless. Future looking lonely.

If I were Ruth, I may have thrown my hands in the air, returned to my idols and lived among my people.  But, she didn’t. She made a choice.

She chose God. 

The moment Ruth joined Naomi on her journey to Bethlehem, she was all in.  The decision made deep in her heart to go and be with Naomi always.  She bravely left her homeland and courageously planted roots in a foreign land.  A place that considered her people lowly.  A place that worshipped the one true God.

Upon arriving, Ruth began looking for a field.  A place to glean, picking up leftover grain so she and Naomi could eat.

Leftovers.

The remains after everyone has chosen.

In many ways Ruth seemed “leftover” – a widowed Moabite, trailing her Hebrew mother-in-law.  Eating the grain “leftover” after the workers harvested.

To the world she was ….a Moabite, a widow, lowly, poor, second-class, hopeless.

To God she was…His child, chosen as part of Jesus’ lineage, first-class, forgiven, loved, adopted.

Ruth was anything but leftover. 

I am anything but leftover. I needed reminded of that this week, for I often struggle with the labels slapped on my life by culture.

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To the world I am…wife, mom, Christian, teacher, writer, friend, recovering, broken. And with those labels comes a host of expectations and ideals that I rarely feel fit my life, which leaves me searching, flailing, frustrated, and struggling to be all everyone expects me to be.  Knowing…I will never measure up.

I don’t think I even want to.

Thankfully….to God I am…

Loved.                (Galatians2: 20, Ephesians 2: 4-5, 1 John 3:1)

Chosen.              (1 Peter 2:9, Colossians 3:12, 1 Thessalonians 1: 4-6)

Known.               (Psalm 139: 1-4)

Purposed.          (Psalm 138: 8, Jeremiah 29:11; Jeremiah 1:5)

New.                     (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Rescued.              (Ezekiel 34: 11-12; Philippians 4:13

Adopted.              (Ephesians 1:5)

Righteous.           (Romans 3:24)

Forgiven.              (Ephesians 1:7)

Free.                       (Romans 8:2, Colossians 2:11, Romans 6:18)

Holy.                      (1 Corinthians 1:2,1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:4)

Complete.            (Colossians 2:10)

Masterpiece.      (Ephesians 2:10)

Beautiful.             (Psalm 139: 13-16)

Light.                      (Matthew 5:14)

This is who Ruth was.  This is who you are.  You are not the labels stuck on you or the roles assigned to you.  First and foremost you are loved, chosen, known, purposed…by Him and for His glory.

The next time you’re wondering, asking…who am I?  Simply fill in this blank with any of those words and proclaim the promise given to you by God in His Word.

Hello My Name Is ________________

It’s one of my favorite songs this week:  Hello my name is child of the one true king, I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I’ve been set free.

So have you.  I pray this week and always you live out of your identity in Him, not the one dispensed by the world.

After all, you’re the child of the one true king.

Comments

  1. Sarah, this is beautiful. As always!

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