Ruth 2, Deut. 32:11, Deut. 24:19,22; Ex. 22:21-23, 1 Tim. 6:17-18, Matt. 6:19-21, James 2:14-16


  • In a world emphasizing individualism, we are greatly influenced by the idea of “survival of the fittest”.
  • Everyone does what is best for themselves alone.
  • This creates a world that does not promote helping others.
  • We only help others if we are benefitted. if not, we will not even lift a finger.
  • So, can Christians, and should Christians still help others generously and kindly in this world?


What have we learned ......

  • Boaz lives in a similar world, where the Israelites abandoned God and did whatever seemed good for themselves alone.
  • Boaz is a rich guy and a relative of Naomi.
  • He helped Ruth generously and kindly.
  • He was generous not because he was rich or related to Naomi, but because Boaz did not forget God, and obeyed God’s commands.
  • We know that Boaz remembers God because he talks about “God’s wings” (compare with Deut. 32:11).
  • We know that Boaz obeys God’s commands because he allowed Ruth to glean freely in his field, and helped her in many other ways (compare with Deut. 24:19;22; Ex. 22:21-23).
  • Be like Boaz by…
    • Remembering that it was God who gave us all that we have now (compare with 1 Tim. 6:17-18)
    • Therefore, giving and sharing generously.
  • Do not be like a godless Israelites by…
    • Remembering that God is our ultimate security (compare with Matt. 6:19-21).
    • Being generous and kind to the needy so that our deeds reflect our faith (Compare with James 2:14-16).

What can we do ......

  • Being generous means…
    • Giving not just the bare minimum, but giving more than what we need to.
    • Giving not just what people ask for, but also considering what they need.
    • Giving without asking for anything in return.
  • The ones in need can include…
    • Family and friends
    • New immigrants from Hong Kong
    • The needy in our community



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