Imagine Ruth, faithfully pursuing the things of God, giving up her life to serve Naomi and leaving her homeland to set aside what she was brought up to think, to embrace God and His way of doing things. She loses her husband, follows Naomi to a place she's never been and devotes herself to her care, daily gathering up the scraps of the harvest to keep food on the table. She probably also drew water from a nearby well and carried it home daily like so many Biblical women did in ancient Israel. She was faithful in the tough times. She was steady and true. She was honoring. She was truly a servant. And she was noticed for her character. God notices us when we devote ourselves to pleasing Him rather than looking to people to be accepted by them.
In Matthew 22, Jesus shares a story about a King giving an invitation to a wedding feast. He sent His servants out to gather the "invited" guests to it. He has to send them out twice because invited basically snub the invitation. The final call, the King sends the servants to just get anyone they can to come. And yet, the King has a standard that he expects His servants to convey to those they bring in---the proper adornment. A man is found not wearing wedding clothes, and it thrown out to the "outer darkness" where there is "weeping" and "gnashing of teeth"; "For many are called [invited] but few are chosen." Let's be those that are chosen Let's be those that our King would call worthy. Luke 21, verse 36, Jesus warns us that we must, "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things [end time tribulations] that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Jesus is coming back for a triumphant church--one that is dressed and ready for Him!