15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
Ruth’s response defies logic. It shifts loyalties (Where you Go I will Go). It carries across national religion (Your God will be my God). It transcends racial boundaries (Your people will my people).
In fact, Ruth’s response of complete loyalty to Naomi foreshadows God’s faithfulness to us in Christ. He leaves heaven. Comes to earth. Transcends every boundary. His death on the cross is because of his loyalty to His Father’s will.
As Christians, the Holy Spirit works this faithfulness in us.
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship our spirit finds
Is like to that above.