There are numerous examples in the bible we could study on how to live our lives. Abraham and Sarah taught us how to have patience while waiting for the promise. Joseph reminded us that the vision from God will surely come to past in the right season at the right divine time. He also taught us that it’s a journey that will have ups and downs. Hannah reminded us about the power of prayer and having hope even when others take joy in your “misery.” And on and on and on and on.
However, today I want to talk about Rahab. Anytime you mention the name Rahab what is the first thing that comes to mind? That’s right – the prostitute. And just like that she was branded for life because of one decision she made. Isn’t life like that sometimes. One bad decision and we are labeled for life as if we can’t change. What about Rahab the entrepreneur, the one who was a risk taker, a change agent, the curse breaker – does she ever get remembered by these titles instead?
Sometimes, the Father will use the least likely person to accomplish his purpose. If Rahab didn’t sneak the spies in she would have died with the city too. But no, because of here bravery and willingness to obey the Father her whole family was spared. Then she married one of the priest and through her lineage was birthed King David’s father.
You never know who the Father is going to use. He never asked us to be perfect or flawless – just willing. We don't have to wait for some magical time or perfect situation to do His purpose for our life. No, we must be willing to obey. Regardless of past mistakes, regardless of what you just did a minute ago. If you have a sincere and willing heart, He can work with that and work something miraculous through you as well that can change a generation.
Trust me - I know change can be hard and scary. What if I can’t stick to it? What if I loose those I love because I changed? At lot of the conversation in our head holds us back from becoming God’s best. But I love what He says in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
As you embark upon your journey, remember what Rahab taught us
1.) God can use anyone to do the impossible regardless of your background
2.) A changed heart and mind can change the trajectory of your family
3.) You don’t have to be branded for life because of a past mistake. You have other titles the Father calls you by.
So, what do you tell the naysayers that only want to remember you for what you have done and not for who you are becoming? Remind them, they don't want to be remembered or branded for whatever their worst mistake was either. That everyone can change – it’s just a decision that must be made and a commitment implemented.