“Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The LORD be with you!” “The LORD bless you!” they answered.” Ruth 2:4
In Boaz, we see a man of great success and an actual son of Solomon, who’s financial security all but guaranteed. But Boaz isn’t remembered some 2000 years later because he was rich. Boaz’s legacy is that of kindness and compassion toward others.
Boaz was a man with a servant’s heart, who greeted and welcomed his workers with “The Lord be with you!” and they responded in kind. He took no issue when people like Naomi and Ruth wandered into his fields and began to glean a ration of wheat stalks that others had left behind. (Ruth 2:15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her.”) In fact, he ordered his men to let them be, and later rewarded Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi by redeeming her family’s legacy by marrying her.
For years, I put my own selfish needs before others, especially those in my employ. The welfare of those around me simply wasn’t my concern. But with the mentoring of very godly men, I eventually saw the blessing of developing a heart of a servant. Putting the needs of others first and rewarding the efforts of those helping me to succeed brought tremendous blessings.
Daily Battle Order:
Pray to develop a servant’s heart. Look after those around you. Show them kindness and protect them like Boaz. Show them Jesus through your words and actions that they may develop servant’s hearts for future generations.