Then the elders and all those at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house ofIsrael. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous inBethlehem. Through the offspring the LORD gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore toJudah.” – Ruth 4:11-12 (NIV)
God certainly answered the prayers of the elders that day since Ruth became the ancestor of King David and Jesus. A woman of foreign birth became part of a lineage more important than genetics. Ruth was part of a spiritual lineage; a lineage defined by God’s promises and not by man’s limitations. This spiritual lineage is not restrained by nationality or race. It is not bounded by man’s weaknesses or flaws. It began in the Garden and will end when God so desires.
This lineage is entered into through faith, honored by grace and extended through love. It respects the past, embraces the present and presses on to the future. This lineage is a single thread of God’s truth tying men and women together into the Kingdom of God. It is God’s life at work in us to become like His only begotten Son. It is the lineage I want to pass on to my daughters.
Regardless of what may happen in their lives, I want my daughters to have learned from me that their life with God is more important than anything. I want them to know the difference between being a Christian as the world defines it and being a follower of Christ as the Word defines it. They will face challenges in this life where a respect for the past will help them embrace the present and prepare for the future. They need a spiritual lineage and I hope that I can help them tie into it over the coming years.
Lord, help me to show my daughters the spiritual lineage that is available to them. Give me the words and opportunity to speak into their hearts and minds, the truths of God’s Word. May they never be defined by genetics, but by the work of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.