Ruth 3:8-9 “At midnight, Boaz was startled, turned over, and there lying at his feet was a woman! 9 So he asked, “Who are you?” “I am Ruth, your slave,” she replied. “Spread your cloak over me, for you are a family redeemer.” (HCSB)
The book of Ruth is no different than any other book in the bible in that its characters and message speak beyond the historical context to the broader story of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So it is that in our passage we find a gem of gospel truth through the way Ruth approaches her Boaz; we learn what intimacy is about with our Redeemer. The beauty of Christianity is not so much that we have Jesus but rather He has us; the things we own we ruin but the things that Christ owns He makes eternally glorious. The man Christ Jesus who is wealthy, righteous, able and willing to save has claimed us for Himself.Notice first how she speaks to Boaz by telling him that she is his. Ruth has no more desire of running her own life and being her own but rather pleads to belong to another. Brothers and sisters, Christianity is nothing less than becoming tired and weary of self-ownership and coming to our Boaz and declaring that we are His property. The beauty of Christianity is not so much that we have Jesus but rather He has us; the things we own we ruin but the things that Christ owns He makes eternally glorious. The man Christ Jesus who is wealthy, righteous, able and willing to save has claimed us for Himself. Christian do you celebrate and consider this fact as Ruth does? Do you regularly say and confess to our Boaz that you are His? You see broken people who are needy and in some ways spiritual beggars do not want to own things, no, they want someone to own them. We would do well in spending more time boasting in the fact that we are owned rather than naming and claiming things to own.
But notice what Ruth says after, she asks Boaz to spread his cloak over her, because he is a redeemer. Ruth wants to be owned and loved through being covered by Boaz and because of who Boaz is! Brother and sister, have you ever thought that communion with Christ is firstly about being loved by Him? Or are you always speaking and thinking of your own love and interest in Christ? Of course we love Christ and desire to say we do but where does this come from? It comes from being loved! In the midst of all the abuses and shallowness of Christianity we have come to believe that Christianity is solely about serving, giving, sacrificing and we have forgotten that Christianity is firstly and mostly about being loved! John the apostle even described Himself by this very phrase, “the one whom Jesus loved.” But there is more! Ruth wants to be loved under Boaz’s cloak! Meaning that Ruth’s desire was not to be loved for her own sake but to be loved for Jesus’s sake. Love me, Ruth says because of who you are and what you have done! Many of you avoid God and drag your feet to be with Him because you are constantly looking at yourself and what you bring to the table. But God shows us here that He wants to declare and pronounce His love to you because of who He is and what He has done! He wants you to lie under the cloak of His righteousness, that is the obedient life of Jesus His Son, and hear love declarations of passionate ownership. God does not desire for you to have intimacy based on your imperfect performances, based on your good attempts to impress Him. No! He wants you to be loved under the cloak of His Son’s righteousness so that all of your sinful nakedness is completely covered by His perfections. We can be as unworthy as we are yet be loved with perfect, sincere and full love because of who God is and because of who we are in Christ. Let us seek to be loved as we seek God, my beloved brothers and sisters, and let us seek to be loved for Christ’s sake not for our own!