In our microwave society it is often necessary for us to remind ourselves to not put the cart before the horse. This is an old saying that in short means to put first things first. But if you think of the phrase literally, it could also be a warning to avoid the placement of obstacles in the path of the horse which is translated here as your vehicle for progress. Pretty simple and straight forward, right? So let’s take this simple saying switch four letters and apply it to discipleship. According to Deuteronomy 6 there are three steps to discipling your children. First and foremost we must “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:5. Secondly we must impress the commandments and promises from God “…on your children” – Deuteronomy 6:7. Finally, we are called to “Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” – Deuteronomy 6:8. In summary, loving the Lord with all your being will grow your faith and urge you to impress His word on your children and wear His brand for all to see.
Naomi was a perfect example of this because it was her love for her heavenly Father that prompted her in faith to Impress His Word on her daughter in-law, Ruth. We can hear the effectiveness of Naomi’s discipleship in Ruth’s words.
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. 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 1:16-17
Naomi loved the Lord so much and wore this love as a symbol on her life as to not put any obstacle in Ruth’s path to God. Naomi’s course was clear and that was to impress on her daughter in-laws the very nature of the God of the Universe that loved them and wanted to be their protector and provider. But she had to put her heart first. You cannot have enough faith to persist against the culture today on behalf of your children unless you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength. You have to put your heart (for God) before your course (discipleship). Then the Lord will carry and guide you to your purpose.