A True Mark of Conversion
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?
~ James 2:25 (NIV)
Rahab had everything going against her—including her name, which was associated with an Egyptian deity. Rahab was an immoral woman, a prostitute. But she was the perfect candidate for the grace of God.
The gospel is for everyone, everywhere. There are no exceptions. No one is beyond the reach of God. During His earthly ministry, Jesus seemed to go out of His way to reach people like this. We see it in John 4 as He met the woman at the well while she drew water in the heat of the day because her village ostracized her. She had been married and divorced five times and was living with a man. Yet Jesus reached out to her, and she believed.
When spies from Israel came to check out the city of Jericho, Rahab hid them on her roof because she believed in the Lord their God. She told them, “For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below” (Joshua 2:11). The Bible says that “so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26). Rahab showed evidence of her faith by her actions.
Another indication that Rahab was a real believer was the fact that she cared about her family. She believed judgment was coming. She told the spies, “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death” (Joshua 2:12–13).
A true mark of conversion is when you want to reach your family with the gospel. Have you reached your family? Does your family know that you believe?
God our Father, you conquer the darkness of ignorance by the light of your Word. Strengthen within our hearts the faith you have given us; let not temptation ever quench the fire that your love has kindled within us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.In Jesus,
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