Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Entreat 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:
Love is a funny thing. It will cause people who never knew each other before, to start dating and marry. It also causes people to do and say some funny things. I heard a story about some men who were standing in a locker room at a country club. A cell phone on the bench rings and one man reaches over and turns on its speakerphone. The caller said, “Honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?” The man replied, “Yes.” The woman’s voice said, “I am at the mall and found this beautiful leather coat. It is only $1,000. Is it okay if I buy it?” the man replied, “Sure, if you like it that much go ahead.” The woman proceeded saying, “I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked.” The man asked, “How much?” She said, “$60,000,” he said, “Okay, but for that price I want all the options.” The excited voice on the other end said “Great! Oh, and one more thing, the house we wanted last year is back on the market. They are asking $950,000.” From the locker room she heard “Well, then go ahead and give them an offer, but just offer $900,000.” She replied “OK. I will see you later! I love you!” The man replied, “OK, have a great day” and hangs up. The other men in the locker room are looking at him in astonishment. Then he asks, “Anyone know whose phone this is?”
That was not love. It cost the man nothing. However, in our passage today we find Ruth has fallen in love with her Mother-in-law, her family, and their God so much that she is now willing to forsake everything to be near her. Have you ever thought that this is exactly what we are asking every person to do who hears of the Lord Jesus? Be willing to forsake everything for Him. Forsake their sin, their old life, and receive life more abundant. They need to know; it is worth it.
Love will make you do some crazy, outrageous, silly, wonderful things. Have you told the Lord, you loved Him today? You should!
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Judges 21 – Ruth 1 / Psalm 104 / Proverbs 2-3 / Acts 19
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 16-17 / Luke 19:28-48
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