Do you feel like you wear many hats in the course of the day? The first hat I wear in the morning is the writer hat as I get up to write my blog posting, but then I trade it for my mom hat as I wake up the kids and make breakfast and get them ready for their day. If I am wearing this hat well, then I can switch to the writer hat and fine tune the blog before I post it for the day. Sometime in the midst of juggling those two hats, I put on the wife hat. Once everyone is out the door, I go back to the writer hat. At some point, I have to put on the housewife hat and do some laundry or clean around the house. All of this takes place before lunchtime. You get the picture. You probably wear multiple hats throughout your day too. My question to you is do you have a Christian hat? Do you take it off and on as you feel the situation dictates or is it a part of who you are?
In Ruth 2:1-4 we meet Boaz. He is a wealthy farmer who happens to have quite a staff working for him. He appears to be an involved owner, who checks in with his workers from time to time. In verse 4 he arrives in the fields where his workers are busy and he greets them. His greeting causes you to pause. Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The LORD be with you!” “The LORD bless you!” they called back. The first thing he said to anyone was a blessing. This is a man doesn’t compartmentalize his life. His faith is a part of him. Whether he is in the synagogue or in the field, God is a part of who he is and what he does. Can the same be said for us? If not, why not?
I believe as a culture we’re more concerned with what mankind thinks of us than we are with what God thinks of us. Is that true of you? Are you willing to bring Jesus into your daily conversations? Do you invite Him to join you at the table before a meal…at a restaurant…with business associates or do you only ask Him to bless the food Is that true of you? Are you willing to bring Jesus into your daily conversations? Do you invite Him to join you at the table before a meal…at a restaurant…with business associates or do you only ask Him to bless the food you eat at home? I’m not beating anyone up here. We’re all guilty of making our relationship with Jesus just another hat to wear from time to time.
I pray the Lord would give us the boldness of Joshua 24:15 to stand before any and all and say: “And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”