Boaz bent down and took his sandal off his feet. By handing it to his relative he was saying according to the custom of the day, that he would be Ruth’s redeemer by purchasing both her and her inheritance.
Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel. Ruth 4.7.
Of course people put their sandals back on again, but taking them off was a sign that their inheritance was about to change. So when God met Moses at the burning bush He told Moses to take off his shoes of his old experience because he was about to enter into a new inheritance. Exodus 3:5. Later on Moses told the whole nation to put their sandals on ready to leave for their new inheritance. Exodus 12.
The bible tells us God has an inheritance for us. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. Ephesians 1:11. Our inheritance in Christ is described in the Bible and includes all that Jesus left us after he died- the possibility of knowing Him and fully representing Him in this world.
But whether we think of Abraham, Israel or us, it takes two things to enter the inheritance: seeing the land of inheritance and then walking into it. Paul in Ephesians 1-3 prays that we will be able to see clearly the mighty inheritance that we have in Christ and then in Chapter 4-6 tells us how to walk into it.
We are walk in love. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. Ephesians 5:2 The fastest way to grow into your inheritance and to discover what God has for you and your life is to try and help somebody else grow into theirs. What you make happen for others God will make happen for you. As you reach out and release the kingdom to others, you will find that you are beginning to move into your inheritance.
Walk in the light. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:8. Walking in the light means walking where He is and avoiding every temptation to visit the dark side. The dove sent out by Noah couldn’t find a resting place so he returned back to the presence of God but the raven was happy to eat the rotting flesh of dead things he found floating in the world. If we don’t walk in the light and develop a love for the light, part of our inheritance will be lost.
Finally walk in wisdom. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15. To enter our full inheritance, in your marriage, business, family or ministry we have to redeem the time. How we spend our time and energy and what we do with the resources that God gives us, determines how much our inheritance we enjoy.
Friend, Father is saying take off the old and put new sandals on your feet- the sandals of son ship. It is time for us to believe God for greater things -for the fullness of the inheritance that Jesus purchased for us. Let’s rise in faith confessing that it is ours before we see it. Lets put on new sandals like Abraham and Joshua and enter in. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive an inheritance. Heb 11:8
Lets encounter the King in His throne room and then boldly take each opportunity to demonstrate His rule or invite someone into the Kingdom. Lets live like “sons of the Kingdom” because as we walk in love, light and in wisdom, every step brings our inheritance closer.