Sermon Notes


THE POWER OF ONE RUTH
Ruth is held up as one of the most faithful persons in the OT section of the Bible and rightfully so.
Her loyalty to her husband’s family is remarkable and as it should be, is held up to faithful people as the gold standard of how people are to be committed to one another in love.
To fully understand the story one must read the whole book.
Without Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz the Davidic line to Christ might not have been established.
Ruth … one person at the right place at the right time willing to do the right thing.
ONE: RUTH WAS JUST ONE YOUNG WIDOW.
If anyone had a right to complain it was Ruth.
Ruth could have complained about her lot in life.
She could have blamed herself for marrying someone from another tribe of people.
She could have complained about losing any heritage that she had.
Ruth is just one young widow but she makes good decisions about her predicament. She trusts the Lord and she trusts Naomi.
Ruth could have played the poor pitiful me card.
To what degree are we like Ruth in that we choose to stand up and do what needs to be done?
Nothing Ruth did was “super-extraordinary”. But at the same time nothing she did was easy.
What impact could each one of us have if we were as determined as Ruth to do the right thing at the right time?
TWO: RUTH WAS JUST ONE FOREIGNER.
Ruth married outside her people.
When she chose Naomi over home she in effect became a refugee.
As a Moabite she very well could have been shunned by the Israelites.
Ruth was obedient and honest. She did exactly as her mother-in-law told her to do.
That quiet, gentle spirit was noticed by the people who owned and the people who worked the fields.
Because of her spirit, her attitude, her outlook and her loyalty the Lord blessed her abundantly.
It makes me wonder how many people in churches all over our nation today are doing very little or nothing because they think that their little bit doesn’t matter.
What would happen if every single one of us adopted that attitude?
The power of one is more than we believe because one Christian is never really just one. The Lord is with us and that makes us powerful.
3. RUTH WAS JUST ONE YOUNG LADY.
Ruth was a 20 something widow. Needless to say the odds were stacked against her.
She had every reason to fold. But she didn’t.
She had every reason to blame others, her circumstances, etc. but she didn’t.
She had every reason to be bitter, angry and tense. We have no evidence of any of this type behavior.
Ruth chose the route of faith.
She did what she could do and left the rest to the Lord.
She listened to the good advice of Naomi and Boaz.
She realized her limitations and worked within them.
She was determined to do the right thing at the right time to care for her family.
Ruth is an early biblical example of the power of one person being obedient to the Lord.
The power of one. Can one action really make a difference?
1645: 1 VOTE gave control of England to Oliver Cromwell
1649: 1 VOTE approved the beheading of Kings Charles I
1800: 1 VOTE made Thomas Jefferson president instead of Aaron Burr
1845: 1 VOTE brought Texas into the United States
Faith without works is dead. You are just one person but that is often all it takes.
Will you be obedient to the word of the Lord?
Will you be the ONE who makes the difference?