I have always been a little annoyed by believers who insist on living in a spiritually safe bubble. I used to work with such a person.
Her husband worked for a Christian company. They both attended Christian colleges before they were married. Their kids attended Christian schools. They had a Christian dentist and doctor. Every Monday she told me about dinner at their favorite seafood restaurant on Saturday night. Guess what? It was Christian owned. On and on I could go. One day I told her, ‘You know what your problem is? You are never around ANYONE who needs to hear the Gospel!”
Later she would try to reach out to others, but was only through pre-planned church projects and outreaches. Hey, that was a start! However, I encouraged her to move from project evangelism to lifestyle evangelism. No one really wants to be your “project” anyway and they will often respond more positively to genuine, ongoing friendship. We need to do life together with the lost. They need to see grace and love in action. Jesus never said the fields were safe and comfortable. He did say they were ripe!
As Israel approached Jericho, Joshua sent two spies into the city in advance of the coming conflict. They found refuge in Rahab’s home, a prostitute in the city. Rumor of the spies eventually reached the king of the city so Rahab hid the spies in her roof. The spies eventually safely returned to their camp, shared the story, and Rahab and her entire family was spared when Israel later destroyed the city.
Some Bible historians tell us that one of the spies, Salmon, was the leader of the tribe of Judah, and Rahab later become his wife. From the relationship came a lineage that included King David, and Jesus himself. In this exciting narrative of Israel’s conquest of the promised land, why does God take this pause to mention a prostitute, probably one of the most marginalized members of society at the time?
Our Father wants to bring us into our full inheritance as represented in Israel’s entry into Canaan. However, he is never too busy to demonstrate his #1 desire – grace that has NO LIMITS! Loving the unlovely! Bringing renewed hope to the hopeless! Anyone invited a prostitute to dinner with the family lately? Well, that’s the kind of love our Father offers – not just love, but perfect love!
Many people today think they’ve gone too far and sinned too much. As a result they’ve given up on realizing the destiny God has for their life. There is NO sin that God cannot forgive. It is never too late to start over. As God adopted Rahab and her family into Israel’s victories in the new land, He wants to adopt you (and your friends) into a victorious Christian life greater than you’ve ever dreamed, a love that you’ve never experienced!