“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.” –Matthew 19:29
A few years ago, I switched my cellphone service from contract to a Pay As You Go plan. I liked the idea of not being tied down to a provider, so at the end of the 2 year service agreement, I did not renew my Satellite TV subscription (thanks to them I’ve learned to read fine prints). Increasingly, consumers want freedom and they opt for products and services that require little to no commitment.
In the Scriptures we read about a young widow, named Ruth, with a different mindset. Despite her grief over the loss of her husband, Ruth decides to leave her home of Moab, and follow her mother in law Naomi to the land of Judah. Ruth resists Naomi’s attempts to dissuade her from leaving her people, and she makes the popular commitment: “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 1:16
Many believers are like Orpah, Naomi’s other daughter in law; they start out with the decision to follow Jesus Christ, but when circumstances arise along the way, they choose to turn back. Jesus makes it clear that the call to discipleship comes with the cost of sacrificial commitment (Matthew 10:37-38). Orpah may have gotten remarried in Moab, and lived a good life but her story ends and no further mention is made of her after her departure from Naomi. In contrast, Ruth’s faithfulness to Naomi positioned her in the genealogy of King David, the same out of which would descend Christ the Savior.
Saying yes to the Lord means we will encounter challenges, experience hurts, disappointments, rejection and discouragement. We may have to leave the comfort of our homes, friends and families, but God promises an eternal inheritance to those who will follow Him to the end, whatever the cost.
“Once the call of God comes to you, start going and never stop.” –Oswarld Chambers.