I was reading the story of Naomi and her daughter in laws from the Bible this morning and I saw something in my Bible Commentary “do you love Him enough?”
Now many of us profess to actually love Christ, we serve and worship God and we deceive ourselves that we really do love God, but at the same time, we forsake and deny Christ for some other things.
Example; there was a period when a question was trending on the net, “WOULD YOU DENY CHRIST IF YOU WERE OFFERED $100 million?” A lot of individuals said YES after all when they get the money, they would ask God for forgiveness and even give the church a large share of the money, only a very little number of people actually said NO, money can actually never separate them from Christ.
It’s quite unfortunate that a lot of us can easily be separated from God by things; material things.
This was the case of Naomi and Orpah. Orpah might have started the journey with Naomi and Ruth but from the end of the story, it is obvious that she never wanted to actually follow Naomi back to the land of Judah. Probably because Ruth was going also, she didn’t want to look like an uncaring sister in law so she just tagged along and the perfect opportunity came for her to actually set herself free which she did. She obviously couldn’t give up Moab for the sake of her mother in law.
Many people in the body of Christ are like Orpah, we can’t give up a lot of things for Christ, we lack true and genuine Salvation. We profess to love God but we really do not love God and this show when we fail in tests. A test for money or other material things, our job, or a friend we just can’t tell that we actually serve God so when asked we deny.
But all hope is not lost, because just like Peter who realised his wrong after denying Christ and repented, we can always repent and genuinely come back to Christ.
I would like you to know that nothing is ever worth our separation from Christ, not money (Luke 12:13-21), not our lives (Matthew 16:25) not our family or our friends not our place of work or anything you can actually think of. As Paul said in Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God bless you and thank you for reading.
This post was written by Deborah Adeyanju. She is an aspiring medical doctor who is passionate about making a difference in the world of Medicine and life. Read her previous article here.