You Are More

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God wants you more than you will ever know. God wants outcasts. He wants those that believe they have nothing more to offer. He wants those that seem utterly lost, alone and scared to move.

God wants your “more.” God wants you with Him this Christmas.

The Bible has a book dedicated to a young lady that changed the family tree of Jesus, forever. She was a Moabite, worshipping other gods and not one of His “chosen” people. Yet, when a family from Bethlehem came into town in search for food, she found herself married to an Israelite.

Israelites were not supposed to marry outside of their people. Perhaps these guys were chasing the wrong kind of “more” than they needed.

Her husband died a short time later. To make matters worse, her husband’s father and brother both passed away, all within a short amount of time. Her mother-in-law was bitter and simply wanted to return back to Bethlehem, her home – her security.

Two widows decided to look to Abba for more through their brokenness.

Yes, I am referring to the account of Ruth and Naomi. The brave account of Ruth’s desire to move away with her mother-in-law and willing to learn about God while leaving her comfort behind.

“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. (Ruth 1:15-18 NIV)

What good did Ruth see in our Abba from the account of Naomi? Naomi’s husband was dead. Her son’s were both dead. She was far away from home and extremely bitter. Why would Ruth choose to leave with her mourning mother-in-law to a people she did not belong?

I believe, just like the rest of us, that Ruth was searching for more. Ruth knew the life that she had in Moab simply did not satisfy. Did you notice how Ruth immediately calls Naomi’s god the Supreme God? (With a capital “G”!) I almost wonder if Ruth trusted God more in this moment than Naomi did.

Ruth wanted more.

Ruth wasn’t going to settle for less here on this earth.

Ruth wanted to be wanted by God.

[tweetthis]Ruth wanted to be wanted by God. Where is your WANT at? #Christmas #Blogging[/tweetthis]

She needed Him to be more than what she already knew.

She risked her way of life to get to know God as more. It paid off big time.

Here is a snapshot from the last chapter in Ruth:

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. (Ruth 4:13-17 NIV)

God used Ruth’s quest for something more to permanently insert her into the line of David – the line of Jesus and Savior of the world. She was not a part of His chosen people, yet that doesn’t stop God. He simply looks at the heart.

Ruth was simply searching for more. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined. 

Bethany, My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 NLT)

Don’t settle for the lies that seem so easily to distract us this Christmas. To some, you may not think you are worth much. You may feel alone, rejected, broken and unwanted. But dear Child, if your heart is yearning for more, an abundant love like you simply can’t imagine – you are in luck. His name is Jesus and He will give you more than you could ever imagine. He has come to give us more life than we ever thought possible, and your sister Ruth is partly credited to thank for that I might add!

[tweetthis]Ruth was simply searching for more. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined. [/tweetthis]

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;but Bethany I have come so that you may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)

Don’t settle for the lies, look to your identity in Him this Christmas and may you find Him…and through knowing Him oh so much more!

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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26 thoughts on “You Are More

  1. I love the story of Ruth – her dedication to Naomi was remarkable, sacrificial, and true. Love this idea of her wanting more of what Naomi’s God had to offer, and finding herself in him.

  2. I love the story of Ruth. Such an amazing testament to God’s character and grace. Thanks for sharing this truth, Bethany. It can be so easy to get burnt out and depressed this time of year, but when we fix our eyes on Jesus and his amazing grace, we have everything we need.

  3. Thank you for sharing, Bethany! I love that God gave Ruth “more than she could ever imagine.” That is soooooo true of what God does for us!! Love this story, too!

  4. Naomi moved from Bethlehem, the House of Bread, to Moab, the house of dead.
    Ruth left the house of dead, went to the House of Bread. And ended up in the lineage of The Living Bread! Woo-hoo. How exciting is that? Loved the post. xo

  5. Hi Bethany. I love this warmly encouraging post! And the story of Ruth has always been a favourite of mine. There is tremendous hope to be gained from seeing how God drew her to Him and used her faithful obedience for His greater purposes. We can all be so much more than we imagine. A life surrendered to God becomes a thing of beauty in His hands. Thank you for sharing your insights here and for stopping by my blog too. It’s lovely to meet you. 🙂 x

  6. Bethany, I love the great reminder of our kingsman redeemer. I really like the line where you stated, you thought Ruth had more faith than Naomi. God is so good. I want more. Blessings Diana

  7. Loved this! Jesus is indeed enough! The story of Ruth and Naomi is such a great story. I preached for a wedding of a girl I used to babysit who is like my adopted niece and that was the text she used.

  8. Great post, Bethany. I love the story of Ruth, too. Just look at what happened when she made a decision to seek God in her darkest hour. I wonder if Ruth really understood the depth of God’s work through her – inserting her into the lineage of the Messiah. When we are going through what seems to be our darkest hour, it’s so easy to give up and think it’s all over. But with our God, things are really just beginning – bigger and better things.

  9. What a lovely post. It seems to be a theme today that God offers us freedom through the work of Christ. I love to see how the thoughts of God are in believers all over the world.

  10. Love these thoughts, Bethany! And I’m so glad to have you along for the #woman2woman link up this week. I love the thought that even though Ruth was searching for more, God gave her more STILL. Because that’s what He does for us, isn’t it? Thank you for this, Bethany.

    • Meredith – Oh yes that is what God does and so much more! I’m so glad to be meeting you and the other amazing bloggers! Thanks for the opportunity to connect and share!

    • I think e more I read from friends, it begins to change my usual thoughts about a traditional Bible story. It never ceases to amaze me how our God turns the ordinary into the extraordinary!

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