Yesterday I was given the chance to teach some junior high boys about the story of Rahab. It’s good to talk to boys about spy stories and Bond girls! Especially when you get to show them cool movie trailers about the whole Jericho thing like this one.
So on to Rahab, the main character of the story. It’s pretty amazing to see how God uses a person of ill repute, and calls them out as a great person of faith. We see this a lot with our Lord. He calls out the people that we would consider trash, or sinful, and creates a wonderful story of redemption, forgiveness and triumph. From the bible, in 5 seconds, I can think, of the women at the well, Zacchaeus, Moses, and Paul, to name just a few.
That’s pretty good for us to know, on two accounts. First, there is always hope for us. God loves to offer forgiveness! And Second, we should let God do the judging of people, and we should look for ways to lift all people up – no matter what we think about them.
We love, love love the first! We like the second… on paper. But not as much in practice. Today, think about that a little. Think about how you are treating those around you and put the second idea into practice. You may be amazed to see what a little bit of faith and action can do.
24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:24-26 New International Version (NIV)