A Person of Excellence

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.” Ruth 3:11 NASB

What a remarkable life! In the end, Ruth became the wife of one of Israel’s most distinguished citizens (eventually becoming the great-grandmother of King David). Yet a short time earlier she was just a widow from Moab, Israel’s ancient enemy, a woman with no connections and few resources, without achievements of any consequence, known to no one but her mother-in-law.

How did she achieve such sweeping changes in such a short period of time?

One reason was because she was a woman of “excellence.” The Hebrew word here is used 245 times in the Bible, almost always referring to strength. But, in his dictionary, William Wilson suggests that this can be “moral strength.” It is “good quality, integrity, virtue.” Ruth had a good reputation because she had this strong character.

She had proven this quality of excellence through her actions. She and her mother-in-law, Naomi, had few resources, but Ruth did not sit by idly—she worked hard and did everything she could to supply their needs. Everyone could see that she was diligent and honest. Trustworthy and dependable. That she did excellent work.

Because she consistently displayed excellence, she made it easy for others to like her, and get results. She demonstrated the principle Jesus taught: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

In her life, we see the importance of a good reputation and strong moral character. Why is it important to do excellent work? To live so others can see that we have been transformed.

In your life, seek to be a person of excellence! With a good reputation and strong moral character, committed to God and His Word. Impacting Souls with the Gospel.


Prayer: Father, give me a greater hunger to know Your Word. Help me be a person of excellence, and a strong witness for You. May others see Jesus in me. In His name. Amen.