But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your peopleshall be my people, and your God, my God.
17 “Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”
18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.
When God prepares you for service, He has promised to prepare you, Equip you and guide you. He is our fortress, our Rock, our covering, our shelter in the storm. But all of this is not to send you away from Him, but rather, to draw you closer to living IN HIM.
Throughout our walk with Him, we will go through various stages, most of which are there to craft us into His image, and to learn His was. Sometimes, He will bring someone into your life as a helper, a friend, a guide in times of trouble. Yes, we have this in Jesus. But that is also something that grows within us, and God seems to see fit to pair up friends, brothers and sisters, even business partners who have that like mindset of serving Him, Following Him, and loving Him. Sometimes, we find these people in our churches and congregations, our schools, our work or even across the miles- and His mighty Love creates a bond, that you know you can talk to that other person and they will read your heart as you speak. As each of you go through life, you help each other through, and eventually you realize just how much a part of your life they have become; Even in the midst of trials and tribulations and personal struggles, they are there for you, clearly demonstrating the Love of God. That, my friends, is our own personal miracle that comes only from a life-long attempt to walk closer to Him, and to share the love, the life, the gifts that He has given you.
In the above verse, Ruth had become just that kind of partner, friend and companion to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and valued that relationship far more than ever having a husband, again. Wherever she would go, Ruth would follow. So it was with the apostles of Jesus; in the final days of His time, here on earth, Jesus admonished his apostles to love one another as He had loved them. As such, our relationship to each other is to be as Jesus was to each other as well.
34“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”.
Think of your time here on earth as your practice session- your preparation- to live In His Presence, for eternity, and act to each other accordingly as eternal neighbors!
In This Episode of Gospel Music Roundup:
Golden State Quartet
Instruments Of Faith
And of course, so much more!