One of the most influential stories in the Bible is the story of Ruth. Though Ruth is one of the main characters, another main character that is equally as important is that of Boaz. The story of Boaz ought to influence every man to aspire to be a better protector and provider of his family. When Boaz first laid eyes upon Ruth, he knew that she needed his protection and he goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide for not only Ruth but also her mother-in-law Naomi. How many of us would do that?
Our job as spiritual leaders and shepherds of our homes is not one of selfishness. We need to completely empty ourselves of our desires and wants and do what is best for our wives and for our children. Boaz’s acts of kindness did not just have an impact on Ruth and Naomi but also on the world. There great-grandson becomes king of Israel and his name is David, which is the lineage by which Christ comes. There is an old story that is told of a farmer who was asked the question, “what makes a great farmer? He answers, ‘about 4 generations.’” We do not know the impact of our shepherding our home but we can be assured that it will have a great impact on the church to come.
Boaz, through his marrying Ruth, is called a “restorer of life.” When we take care of our families and train them up in the Lord and leave a legacy of faith, we can also be called a “restorer of life.” Our jobs as shepherds of the home is to tend the sheep which God has blessed us with.
Let us all strive to be more like Boaz as spiritual leaders of our homes.