Have you ever been on a VIP list for an event? Me neither. Good news, God does not have a VIP list. The story of Ruth is a beautiful picture of God’s heart for the outsider.

Ruth is a vulnerable, foreign widow, who comes to live among God’s people. She does not belong. Yet by the end of the book she has been redeemed, restored to fullness and included among God’s people.

And get this! The incredible twist in the tale is that Ruth, the outsider, becomes the ancestor of Israel’s greatest king, David, and is included in the family tree of Jesus himself (Matthew 1)! God has a heart for the excluded and forgotten. Do you?