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 people shall be my people, and your God, my God. (Ruth 1:16 NAS77)
I wonder how well we do this in our faith family. We talk about the “family of God”, but does it really resemble this?
Are we such people that we like each other as well as love each other? Are we devoted to each other or just dependent on each other?
If someone said, “I want your God to be my God”, would they have the Jesus of the Gospels and Philippians 2 or a magic genie god, a harsh task-master god, a permissive parent god or an absentee god? If we told someone to “follow me as I follow Christ” would that lead to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the incarnate God, Our Father in Heaven or just a convenient image of our own creation.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (Psa 100:3 KJV)