“At lunchtime, Boaz called to her, ‘Come over here and help yourself to some of our food. You can dip your bread in the wine if you like.’ So, she sat with his harvesters, and Boaz gave her food more than she could eat,” Ruth 2:14.
Whenever we are privileged to eat of the bread and drink of the wine that Jesus gives, we are, like Ruth, happy with a full and sweet meal. When Jesus is the host, no guests leave the table hungry. We are satisfied with the meal that has been provided for us by Jesus Christ. As we partake of the meal Jesus provides, we become content with the loving object of affection only He can give. For who do we have as our host from heaven but Jesus?
Our desire is fulfillment. What can we wish for more than to know Christ and to be found in Him? Philippians 3:9 says: “And become one with Him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my own ability to obey Gods law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with Himself depends on faith.” Jesus feels our consequences so we are at perfect peace. Our judgment is secure with the certainty of His teachings. Our minds grow with reconciliations of what He has done, and our Spirit rejoices at the blessings He has given us. As Ruth was enjoying her meal, she was able to partake of every serving that was being provided and left full. So it is with us.
As believers, we think we can take in all of Jesus. We sit at the table of the Lord’s love and receive His infinite care that He provides for us daily. He forgives us of our sins and provides grace and mercy for us daily and washes us clean for His service. Nothing but the infinite care of Christ can truly satisfy us. There are certain sweet things in the Word of God we have the privilege to enjoy. His love, grace, mercy, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, power, forgiveness, truth, and compassion—the list goes on and on.
We are like the disciples to whom Jesus said: “I have yet many things to say unto you and to show you, but you cannot bear them now,” John 16:12. There are graces to which we have not yet gained. Places of fellowship near to Christ’s heart which we have not yet reached, and heights of communion our feet have not climbed. At every banquet we have been privileged to attend, there are always many baskets of fragments left. Are you filling the baskets that have been provided for you by such a generous host? Ruth 2:15-16 says” “When Ruth commenced from eating, Boaz ordered his harvesters to let her gather as much grain, herbs of barley, and pitchers of wine without stopping her. Let her pick them up, and don’t give her a hard time.” So let us praise the generosity of our glorious Lord for always allowing us the privilege to eat at His table and take as much with us as we desire. Are you ready to eat?
(Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr. is the pastor of Celebration Christian Center, located at 1215 9th Ave North, Nashville, Tenn. 37208. Their website is www.celebrationchristian.online.)