FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/7/2013
Thursday, February 07, 2013
RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/7/2013
AN EXAMPLE OF A STEADFAST LIFE, Lesson 1c
V. 16-22 RUTH'S COMMITMENT
V. 16 She Commits To A New Land - She is willing to follow Naomi where ever she goes. She is willing to leave Moab behind forever and to follow Naomi to Israel.
V. 16 She Commits To A New Leadership - She is willing to submit to Naomi and to allow Naomi to guide her life. This is seen in the various times that Naomi gives Ruth advise concerning the manners and customs of Israel.
V. 16 She Commits To A New Lifestyle - She is willing to give up all the old ways of Moab and to conform her life to the way people live in Israel. She is ready to make a dramatic change in her life.
V. 16 She Commits To A New Lineage - Ruth is willing to cut all ties with Moab. She wants to be a part of the nation which she has married into. She is ready to claim a new lineage.
V. 16 She Commits To A New Lord - This is perhaps the greatest statement Ruth makes. She is willing to give up the gods of Moab and follow the true and living God of Israel. This statement is her declaration of faith in Jehovah God.
V. 17 She Commits With No Limits - She tells Naomi that she is willing to commit to this new plan for life for as long as she lives. She even invokes the curse of God upon her life if she lets anything but death come between her and the commitment she has made.
As we consider the commitment Ruth made to Naomi, it paints a picture for us of the commitment we should be willing to make to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We should be willing to cut all ties with the old life and enter into a new land of blessing before the Lord.
We must be willing to commit to His leadership for our lives.
There should be a commitment to a new lifestyle based on the Word and will of God.
We should also consider ourselves dead to the old life and alive in a new relationship to the Lord Jesus. Our lineage has changed!
Obviously, this all means that there must be a new Lord, a new master Who dominates every area of our lives.
Then, we should be willing to commit to the Lord and His will without any restrictions. Our commitment to Jesus Christ must be complete. It must be absolute and it must be final!
Does this describe the life you live? Or have there been areas where you can see you commitment slacking off? Can you honestly say that no matter what happens in life you are 100%, absolutely and completely dedicated to serving Jesus, both now and forever?
Conc: Ruth lived a consistent and steadfast life. She was brought into Israel, married an Israelite man named Boaz and became a part of the covenant people of the Lord. She became the great-grandmother to King David and an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ. All of this came to pass in her life because she was willing to change her mind, change her devotion and to change her direction. She kept on going in the face of adversity and she did not give up. Can the same be said about you today? Are you living a life that is steadfast and unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, (1 Cor. 15:58)? Or has your devotion to the Lord tended to fluctuate with the changing tides of life? You know, you need God today, but you don't serve Him tomorrow. Where is your heart tonight? Are you more like Orpah who chose the easy path? Or, are you like Ruth who persevered through her difficulties to win the ultimate victory of faith? Are there issues that you need to get settled with the Lord today? If so, this altar is open for your use. Please use it as the Lord leads you.
Revelation 3:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
“Who At The Door Is Standing” By: Asa B. Everett
Who at my door is standing,
Patiently drawing near,
Entrance within demanding?
Whose is the voice I hear?
Sweetly the tones are falling;
“Open the door for Me!
If thou wilt heed My calling,
I will abide with thee.”
Lonely without He’s staying;
Lonely within am I;
While I am still delaying,
Will He not pass me by?
All through the dark hours dreary,
Knocking again is He;
Jesus, art Thou not weary,
Waiting so long for me?
Door of my heart, I hasten!
Thee will I open wide.
Though He rebuke and chasten,
He shall with me abide.
Loving Father, God of Understanding, Unity and Uprightness! Help us to trust that You are a good God no matter what is going on in our life. Help us to believe without doubting that even if bad things are happening to us or around us, Your goodness will reign in the midst of them all. Thank You that Your plans for us is always good. Thank You that You bring good things into our lives. Reveal Your goodness to us each day, more and more so we can praise You for it. Great is Your goodness to all those who trust and fear You. How excellent is Your name in all the earth. Thank You listening and answering our prayers. It is in Your Son’s name that we approach Your throne of grace. Amen!
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