Sunday Morning Podcast November 23, 2014. Bro. Danny Sanders.
TEXT: RUTH 1:6-18
6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
Ruth is promising to leave all she has known, for the unknown. Turning away from her family, friends. culture, …essentially everything. Could we do that? We have a choice to let our life “play out,” according to our “comfort zone” …or step out of it. Often our life story goes along differently than what we would expect, but our choices affect that. Full obedience in all things to God without human logic, is to unreservedly follow God. Are we “too reserved” to do the same? To have a “reckless abandon” is not desired …unless it is for God. In today’s society, views are changing every day, in every way.
Obedience without question, is a true obedience. Ruth was committed to leave all and follow God wherever He led. The “seeming recklessness” of Ruth’s decision, ..turned into the rest of her story. Serving God will not always “make human sense” or seem rationale. This experience will not always “offer everything”, or seem reasonable. In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus tells how some proclaiming the desire to follow God, still desired to look back to take care of some earthly priorities first,…according to their human logic. But a “reckless abandon” for God, shows us, to without reservation follow God. True service to God comes at “a cost,” of surrendering all we have, to God’s direction for us. It is the true cost of discipleship. There are a lot of non spiritual choices we can make, that are “legitimate.” but can hinder us truly keeping God ideally first. Jesus tells us if we look back (as here when they first wanted to take care of fleshly needs) we then are not fit for the kingdom of God), Luke 9:62.
How are you doing with your service to God? If not confident, “what will you do, with the rest of your story?”