Ruth 1: 16-17 is one of the most utilized section of verses in the Bible. It is often quoted in weddings, even in movies. But what if we looked at it differently? What if, instead of saying this to our spouses or friends, we prayed it?
"But Ruth replied: Do not persuade me to leave you or go back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD do this to me, and even more, if anything but death separates you and me."
As a Christ-follower I am prone to say things like, "The LORD willing" or "If it's in His will"...phrases that should be taken seriously, used in reverence to the Most High. But are they? Do I use them flippantly, without regard to what I'm actually saying?
"Go where You go and stay where You stay"...What a prayer! Do I sincerely mean that--that I will go where God leads and stay when He tells me to?
If I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be, am I content or do I itch for something more? If I'm comfortable and happy where I am now, will I get up and move when and where He leads? Will His people truly be my people, or will I ignore them, insult them, blame them, forget them...
Am I honestly willing to lay down my life for Him, or is it something I just say because that's what I'm supposed to do?
Chris Tomlin's, "I Will Follow" puts this prayer into song. "Where you go, I'll go. Where you stay, I'll stay. When you move, I'll move. I will follow you. Who you love, I'll love. How you serve I'll serve. If this life I lose, I will follow you. I will follow you."
What a prayer! What a life-changing attitude!
Oh, God, may I be so in love with You that I would desire nothing more than to give up everything for Your glory! May I be so content in Your will that I seek only to follow You, to stay or to move where You lead, to love and to serve how You do. May I be willing and ready to lose this life if it brings You glory! I WILL follow You!