Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The story of Ruth is another example of the two cities. Elimelech wanted to build his own city; he wanted to look after his own interests. Like Jonah, he thought he could escape God’s purposes. On the other hand, Boaz was building a city after God’s own purpose. He sought to serve others, and by serving others he established a community of peace.
We may be living in the same world, but God’s people are called to establish an earthly city with a heavenly model. This model is a model set for us by our Lord, who came not to be served, but to serve. This is our calling as citizens in God’s world.