Ruth 1:16 “And Ruth said, Intreat 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:”
One of the great family passages is found in the book of Ruth as quoted above. Ruth is told by Naomi to go back to her homeland of Moab. Ruth refuses; and, in fact, makes the case that she will, “whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge,” and accept the family of Naomi. She crowns the declaration of loyalty with the words; thy God shall be my God. There is a wonderful world wide family of redeemed people of “every nation, and kindred, and tongue….” (Rev. 14:6). It is the family of God! In Ephesians 3:15 we read, “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named”; there is no greater bonding factor in the world than God. This unique family functions through the local church – the body of baptized believers. Within the local church there is any number of different personalities. Yet they love, care, give, and look out for each other. They function in both good times and bad. God himself is the one that makes all this possible. The life of the believer is enhanced by the brothers and sisters in the local church. My prayer for each of you is that you will assume your responsibility in the local church. There is a place for you to serve. You’ve been assigned a special place in the heart and life of at least one person. As a child of God, we should seek to do His will and be a blessing. If you have not received Christ as your Savior, you know nothing of the blessings of membership in this family. The greatest household in the world is the household of faith. Be like Ruth; make her God your God.
Acts 16:31, “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
Romans 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”