When Ruth, the Moabitess, chose to live in Bethlehem with her mother-in-law Naomi, she also willingly chose to leave behind her commitments to her homeland, and to take up new commitments in the land where she was going. Read her passionate plea to her mother-in-law:
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.” Ruth 1:16-17 (NKJV)
Ruth had a lot to overcome in her past in order to commit herself to living in Bethlehem. Ruth was a descendant of Lot through his grandson, Moab. Her people were idol worshipers. It was Moab that encouraged Israel to accept Baal worship when the Israelites were traveling to Canaan (Numbers 25:1-3). Ruth not only left her homeland, she left her former way of life and worship. She stepped out with a new faith in the God of Israel and new commitment, and God directed her path into the family tree of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 5:17 states that ‘all things become new’ when you receive Jesus Christ as Savior. That includes your way of life and how you worship the Lord. You commit, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to put away the former things you knew when you did not know Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:17-24), to change the way you live (Galatians 2:20); and to change the way you worship (John 4:23-24). When you walk in committed obedience, the Lord will direct your path into the good works for which He has created you (Ephesians 2:10). It’s a new year….walk in new commitment!