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a. the place where roads intersect.

b. a point at which a vital decision must be made.

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Are you at a crossroads moment in your life wondering which direction to take?

Ruth understood this. She reached a major crossroads moment when her husband Mahlon died. Unfortunately, Ruth’s brother-in-law and father-in-law also died.

Her mother-in-law, Naomi, was very honest about her agonizing grief. However, she did not use her pain to manipulate her daughters-in-law into staying with her. She was more concerned about their welfare than her own and urged them to go back to their parental homes – even though it meant she would be alone.

Would Ruth go back to her old life in Moab, or embrace a new life with Naomi?

Ruth’s decision:

“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 people shall be my people, and your God, my God. 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.” Ruth 1:16-17

This kind of commitment is so rare in our world today.

Ruth’s commitment:

  • Showed resolve – “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you . . .”  Ruth basically said, “I am aligning myself with you and I am not changing my mind.”
  • Was a radical break from her past – She turned away from her citizenship in Moab, her people and culture, and the false gods she had worshipped there.
  • Embraced a new future – She would become a citizen in a new nation whose king was God; take her place among God’s people, the Israelites; and live her life in allegiance to the one true God of Israel.
  • Showed bravery – She didn’t allow her past to define her or bind her.  In her new life, she would live among Israelites. Israelites didn’t like Moabites.. In addition, her chances for remarriage in Moab – good. In Bethlehem – not so good.
  •  Applied to all areas of life – “. . . for where you go, I wil go, and where you lodge, I will lodge.”
  •  Was permanent - No matter what happens . . . no matter how things go . . . no matter how I am received, I am committed to you in life and in death.
  •  Was bold – “Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” Ruth made herself accountable to God.
Ruth’s commitment is a perfect example of true Christian conversion. It’s the kind of commitment God longs for from us.
  •  Jesus died to bring us from one kingdom into another. Conversion involves making a choice to separate ourselves from a life of rebellion to enter into a  kingdom where we are aligned with God.
  •  True conversion involves putting God in the #1 spot in our lives and giving our undying loyalty to him. His ways are our ways.
  • True conversion applies (or should apply) to every part of our lives. It involves giving complete control to  Jesus.
  •  True conversion means you and Jesus are inseparable in all of life – and in death. No matter what your history is – God has a place for you with him forever.

Jesus says, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.’ (Luke 9:23–24).  

In my next post we’ll look at the ways Ruth’s life began to change because of her commitment to God.

Are you at a crossroads moment in your life or in your faith? Would love to hear about a crossroads moment you’ve had. 

Lisa~

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