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Sometimes, life can take an unexpected turn and important decisions have to be made. When embarking on the unknown, it is imperative that you decide what to leave behind. No matter what the unexpected event is, it has probably changed your life in some way. There was no plan and the decisions can’t be lingered over. Action must be taken now.
The story of Ruth is a perfect example of such an event. Naomi and her husband had 2 sons and they each married 2 Moabite women. In a short span of time, Naomi’s husband and her sons were dead and the women were left to care for themselves. Naomi told her daughters-in-law to go back to their fathers because she could not care for them. She was going back to her family and it was far away. Naomi had no reason to expect them to go with her.
At this point in the story, one of the daughters-in-law, Ruth, made a life altering decision. She decided to leave behind everything she had ever known and go with Ruth. No matter how much Naomi pleaded with Ruth to stay, Ruth made a touching promise to Naomi.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. ~Ruth 1:16Click To Tweet
To read more about the story read Ruth, Chapter 1
What Must You Leave Behind?
As a Christian, we must strive to have a closer relationship with God. It doesn’t come easy because things of the world tug at us constantly. What must you leave behind in order to find a path to that closer relationship? Is God calling you to leave your home for a different opportunity? Are your friends putting things in your path to tempt you? Must you leave your comfort zone and strike out into the unknown?
Whatever you must leave behind, God must be at the center of the decision. The decision to leave must be a wholehearted. Like Ruth, you must not give yourself any way to escape your choices. Ruth didn’t just say, “I am going with you and that is final”. She made a promise, not only to Naomi but to God. She left her people, her god and her family to go with Naomi. Ruth was “all-in” and didn’t give herself an escape.
The Sacrifices are Honored
Ruth’s decision wasn’t just based on her love for Naomi. She did, indeed, love her but that wasn’t her only reason. Naomi had introduced Ruth to God. Ruth’s decision was as much a declaration of her change of faith as it was of love for Naomi.
God honored Ruth’s sacrifice by blessing her new life in Judah and giving her a place in the bloodline of Jesus. So, yes, her sacrifices were great but the blessings received were greater.
Sum It Up
What is God asking you to leave behind so you can be closer to Him? What is stopping you from stepping out and making that move? Is it fear or stubbornness? A true relationship with God does require that sacrifices be made but God will honor them by blessing your life.
To find out more about God’s Promises, read Be Courageous.