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Ruth Didn’t Clean Her Plate!

Being satisfied with enough often yields blessings to others.

“She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied.” – Ruth 2:18

Many of us enjoy great abundance. And indulgence. Ruth ate what she needed during the day but did not feel compelled to clean her plate. She wisely saved what was left for someone else. She understood her point of satisfaction and resisted indulgence.

Interestingly, the same principle runs through the story. Ruth consistently denies herself for the good of others – whether in what she eats or the relationships she pursues.

Christ-centered self-denial will spill into all areas of life. And yet, this is not a pharisaical self-denial that produces martyrdom syndrome. It is a joyful denial of self and acceptance of the good things that God provides – but in moderation. This self-denial rests in the goodness of God. It trusts that there will be enough each day. It thinks of the needs of those around – physical, relational, spiritual. And it acts according to the principles of godly generosity.

We live in a culture of abundance. Rejoice in the abundance and steward it for the good of others and the honoring of the God of heaven from whom all good things come.

About the Author
Nathaniel Pringle serves as the pastor of Eastside Community Bible Church, Milford, Ohio. His goal is to fulfill the commission in Titus 2:1, "But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine." (ESV)