You may be familiar with the infamous infomercial catch phrase, “But wait! There’s more!” Boaz could have originated it. As we read through Ruth 2, he could have bellowed that several times. To restate a couple of examples: “Ruth, you aren’t merely to glean grain from the edges of my field; follow my workers and get the good stuff. But wait! There’s more! I’m going to have my men give you some grain to take home!”
None of this was required or expected, apart from leaving the edges of the field to be gleaned by the poor. Everything else was proverbial icing on the cake. Why did Boaz do all of this for Ruth? Some suspect there were romantic motives, but we don’t see a hint of that in the text. It was more likely that God moved in Boaz’s heart, resulting in his abundant kindness toward Ruth. Boaz seems to have been a man who recognized God’s generous provision in his life. May we be a people who are quick to recall God’s kindness to us and seek ways we can be kind to others in turn, namely, by sharing God’s greatest act of kindness in providing Jesus Christ.
How can you be abundantly kind to someone this week?