• Stephen Cook

What are you gleaning from?

One of the cool things about the story of Ruth is that Boaz asked her to not glean in any other fields except for his and he would see to it that she is taken care of. Then he told his workers to intentionally let extra grain fall to the ground for her to gather. She would then go home to her mother-in-law and they would both eat and be satisfied.

As I read this story, I can’t help but feel like it’s an invitation from God saying, “come, glean from me.” “I am a good master and will give you more than you need.”

Romans 12:2 says that we shouldn’t conform to patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Some of the patterns of this world include gleaning from other fields that will ultimately leave us hungry and wanting. We easily tend to glean from anything and everything including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, the news, relationships, opinions of others, while never actually cracking open a Bible and then wonder why we’re feeling discouraged.

Where are you getting your sustenance?

Jesus says “come, glean from me."

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." - Matt. 11:29-30