Ruth 1:14-15 NIV 2011
“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Naomi told her daughters-in-law they were moving. On the road back to Judah she decided the girls should return home. Ruth 1:8, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness…” Lots of crying and words ensued after Orpah returned and Ruth clung to Naomi. Elisha replied similarly to Elijah. 2 Kings 2:2, “But Elisha said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.’” Abandoning her gods, Ruth followed God. Believers abandon self-interest to follow the Lord.
As a woman, I abandoned myself to have children. From the birth of our first child to the marriage of our last, my focus was on their wellbeing. After I chose to follow the Lord, I’ve traveled a different path than those who don’t. The choices I make on a daily basis differ in that I weigh those decisions based on my faith in Christ. God’s Word reveals how I can obediently follow Jesus Christ. Like Ruth, I chose to abandon my self-interest to follow the Lord.
What is God asking us to leave behind?
Abandoned to Christ,