HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.” Ruth 1:14
“Where you go — I will go, and where you stay — I will stay. Your people will be my people — and your God my God!” Ruth 1:16
Let me be steadfastly minded, as Ruth was, to go with the people of God.
What the world greatly needs is a Christian . . .
- whose mind is made up,
- whose life is rock-firm and decided,
- who is not ashamed to confess his Lord.
There is so much religion that is . . .
indefinite, neutral, inefficient,
hardly distinguishable from the thoughts and ways of the worldly majority,
wielding scarcely any spiritual influence and power.
So long as there are reservations, qualifying clauses, unhallowed regions in my time and thought — so long shall I be spiritually ineffective. Either all in all — or not at all! That is how it must be between me and my divine King.
Naturalists tell us about the protective colouring in the animal kingdom — how animals and birds and insects take on the hues and tints of their surroundings and thus escape notice and danger. Is there not too much of this protective colouring in the kingdom of our God and His Christ?
- A little more singularity,
- A little more fearlessness,
- A little more abandon,
- Is much to be desired.
It would save me from many a risk and fall.
It would impress men and women with the reality of my religion.
Henceforward, like Ruth the Moabite girl . . .
- I would set my face steadfastly to follow the Lord fully,
- I would not turn aside,
- I would not look back,
- I would always glorify my blessed Master.
The world laughs at the single-minded, whole-hearted men, and does not like their earnestness. But they are the world’s benefactors, for all its scorn.