Being a winner could be entirely dependent on which team you’re in.
Dying or living can be an issue of where you are at a particular time.
Even though there is a lot to learn about eternity, eternal life could be as simple as being on the same team with Jesus Christ.
A prostitute in Jesus’ team may be on her way to heaven while a priest on devil’s is on his way out of paradise.
Salvation is more about association than personality, more about Who you identify with than your personal identity. This is the truth, but don’t just take my word for it, let’s look at someone who got saved whom men may deem unfit: a prostitute.
What have you heard about Jesus? Have you heard that He can save and that He receives even the ‘sinfullest’? Rahab heard the story of salvation, have you heard?
Have you heard that Jesus is the Son of God who came to die in our stead? Have you heard that the Son of God who was crucified has long been raised from the dead? If you have heard that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, you should also know today that He is both the Lord and the Savior.
Whatever you have heard about salvation, take note that salvation is only by faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Just as you are hearing things that pertains to salvation, such was once the experience of Rahab, but she would not just hear, she will believe also.
She believed that what God did for one He can do for all. She believed the story of salvation can be her story. She is not focused on her filthiness but on the power of God to cleanse thoroughly. She must have believed that among the people God saved in Egypt there could be at least someone whose identity matched hers, so she did not bother about her identity but about the Lord’s. But it was not only her who heard but she was the only one who believed,
Joshua 2:11 “And we had heard, and our hearts melted, nor did any more spirit remain in any man, because of you. For Jehovah your God, He is God in Heaven above and in earth beneath.”
Hebrews 11:31 “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.”
Just like in the day of the harlot, everyone is hearing about the Lord, almost everyone’s heart melted at the wonders of God’s love and mercy but some are not bothered that they really need the Savior and many more will stop at nothing to destroy those who brings the message of peace. In the instance of Jericho it was the unlikely person who believed and acknowledged the true God Jehovah, as God in heaven and on earth. It is therefore the truth that as many as named the name of the Lord shall be saved. Left to men, they would not have allowed a harlot to mention the name of the Lord. She however believed in her heart and confessed with her mouth that the Lord is God and she was saved. But that was only the beginning, she acted.
Do you believe? Act. It is your action that will tell us whether you believe or not. Rahab believed and acted. She believed God is able to save her, so she begged for her life in the hand of the spies. She believed that if God can save her, then her mother, father and siblings can also be saved, so she begged for their lives too. To think this is a prostitute interceding for her family will be a mistake, this is no ordinary prostitute but a believing prostitute. This is not a sinner but a repentant sinner, yes she had not been saved yet, but she believed she will be saved, this was a believing prostitute and will be an example of every sinner who will by faith find redemption. She believed but also acted and by that action saved her entire household. She believed and therefore spoke.
Joshua 2:13 “…and shall save alive my father and my mother, and my brothers and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”
Do you believe? Speak. Your speech will tell if you really believed and what it is you believed. She believed God can save her then she spoke her belief.
Could it be that our dwindling faith is the reason we pray less? Could it be that if we really believe we will pray more and ask God for more because we truly believe that He can do exceedingly above all we can dare to ask? Rahab the harlot went ahead of us to show example of faith actions. She believed and spoke.
Where faith is concerned nothing is too small to ask and this is what Rahab believed because not only did she ask for the lives of people dear to her but she also asked that their possessions be saved.
If we are deceived into believing that certain things are too small to ask of God, then our faith has been compromised. When big issues in our eyes are encountered our unbelief in small matters will cast shadows of doubt on our wanting to believe God for the big issues.
Faith is an all or none phenomenon; we either trust God all the times or we don’t trust him at all. I am not saying that we are not overcome with fear and doubts once in a while, but to make a selective choice of what to believe God for is to be an active doubter.
James 1:7 “For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord”.
Rahab escaped this snare and made her faith all-encompassing by making both small and great requests.
Rahab, by faith stopped being ‘just a prostitute’ and by faith became ‘Jesus’ prostitute’. She stopped being a whore and settled down to marry into the lineage of Jesus Christ. Jesus saved her so she can be part of Jesus’ history. If you will, you can also be saved by Jesus and be a part of His story. How wonderful the Lord is and how merciful He is to have saved sinners like me and Rahab, so we can become sons of God.
In the meantime you can call us Jesus’ guys and if you so wish, call some of us Jesus’ prostitute. We don’t really care, as long as we are Jesus’. You should be Jesus’ … too.