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RUTH 1:16-17
But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you
go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my
God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, if
anything but death parts you and me.”
A sign on the door of a classroom in a junior high school in Kansas declares, “We are not born losers,
we are born choosers.” How very true. Each day we are faced with choices, some of which have the
potential of changing our lives forever.
Ruth faced such choices. She had to choose whether to return to her people with her sister-in-law,
Orpha, or to follow Naomi, her mother-in-law. She chose her mother-in-law. She had to choose
whether to identify herself as a pagan Moabite or throw her lot in with the people of Israel. She chose
the people of Israel.
She had to choose to worship the idol Chemosh, which involved the sacrifice of children, or to put her
trust in the living God, who gives life instead of taking it. She chose Jehovah. These were important
choices, and she made them with a determination that changed her life.
Like Ruth we are all born outside of God’s family. But God graciously gives us the opportunity to
make choices that can give us eternal life. Instead of continuing in Satan’s kingdom of darkness, you
can choose to change your allegiance to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Col. 1:13). You can choose
to continue in the deeds of darkness or walk in the light (Eph. 5:7-10).
You can choose to search for fulfillment in the world or place your trust in Jesus, who has promised to
meet your every need (Phil. 4:19). Like Ruth’s, these are crucial decisions and, when made with
determination, can change your life.
What decisions have you made? Choose rightly. Choose life. Choose Jesus Christ as your Savior.
This is the most important decision of your life.

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