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No one models generous leadership better than Boaz, the spiritual leader who became Ruth's husband.
December 17, 2018
Leaders must be generous—predisposed to give their resources to others.
They believe a candle loses nothing when it lights another.
No one models this better than Boaz, the spiritual leader who became Ruth’s husband (Ruth 2:8-4:10). He owned a large field, and like other landowners, employed reapers to gather his harvest. When the reapers finished, the less fortunate were allowed to “glean” in the field, taking whatever remained of the harvested crops. Ruth was one such person.
Boaz’s generous spirit surfaced immediately when he saw Ruth.
He asked the reapers about her identity, then expressed his generosity to her.
Boaz displayed his generous leadership in several ways:
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
Leaders who fail to display generosity should ask themselves, do I really love the people I lead?
When great leaders err, they always err on the side of generosity. If they err in paying salaries, they err in paying too much. If they err in firing a staff member, they err on the side of excessive emotional support, severance package, and affirmation. No leader gets ahead by mimicking Ebenezer Scrooge.
Jesus talked about this generous spirit when he said, “If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two” (Matt. 5:40, 41).
A generous spirit drove Boaz to go the second mile with Ruth, even before he suspected she might become his wife. (He assumed she would be attracted to a younger man, Ruth 3:10.) Even so, Boaz gave her extra time, attention, grain, respect, favor, and honor.
How about you? Who would describe your leadership as generous?
Featured Content from The Maxwell Leadership Bible, NKJV, Third Edition.