I have been reading and sharing thoughts from some of John C. Maxwell’s books in the past couple of months. The book I am currently reading is Wisdom from Women in the Bible: Giants of the Faith Speak Into our Lives. I shared thoughts from the chapters of Ruth HERE and Sarah HERE.
This week’s chapter is on Rahab: God’s Story is Full of Surprises. As I study to teach Mystery of History for school, one of the lessons will be on Joshua, Jericho, and Rahab. The author of the textbook ends the lesson by saying, “By profession, Rahab most likely was a harlot. But by faith, she became part of the bloodline of Jesus Christ.” What a wonderful story of how Rahab’s faith changed her life and the life of those around her.
Here are two lessons I am trying to put into practice from the life of Rahab:
- The story of Rahab encourages me that God can use me if I live and obey in faith. Because of her faith, she did not die, her family did not die, and she became part of the family tree of Jesus.
- The story of Rahab also encourages me to try to look at people the way God looks at people. He doesn’t look at their past; He looks at their faith and desire to do what’s right in the future regardless of their past. Of course, discernment is good if it is paired with love for those that Christ loves; but passing judgment based on appearances or a past lifestyle is not right.
There are many great lessons we can learn from Rahab that I found in John Maxwell’s book:
- God delights in surprising us.
John Maxwell says that “a God-surprise . . .
- is unexpected and unexplainable,
- disrupts the status quo,
- turns the ordinary into the spectacular,
- shows you how much bigger God is than what you have known or seen,
- changes your expectations and your destiny, and
- leaves no room for doubt — God is God.”
If God couldn’t do the unthinkable, then He would not be God. Only God could save the Israelite spies by a harlot and then use her as in the bloodline of His perfect Son. God lets us see the messy side of us humans and how only He can make something amazing out of our mess. We see from these stories how that nothing is too terrible for God to use — if we allow Him too.
- God wants to use us, no matter how much we think we are unusable.
Your life is also a story. How will it turn out? Anyone who turns to God is invited to be part of His story, and that is the most amazing thing of all. God is extending you an invitation to be part of something bigger.” John C. Maxwell
- God wants to give us His love.
If He loves the outcasts such as the harlots, the lepers, the crooks, and more, He loves us all. We just have to accept it.
- We are to extend His gift of love to others.
Just as Rahab told her family and saved them in her house, we should be sharing with others how God loves them. Yes, if we have accepted God’s love, we will be saved; but we should want others to be saved as well! Let others know about the red cord of God’s salvation that can protect them from eternal destruction.
- Obey what God would have you to do.
God told Rahab through the spies to hang the red cord in the window and to get all of her household into her house. She obeyed. John C. Maxwell says applies this to our lives by saying, “What is God currently asking you to do for someone else? Don’t question Him. Don’t doubt Him. Just obey Him. You have no idea what God might be up to. It’s not what you do that matters as much as what God does through you. God doesn’t want your busyness. He wants your obedience.” Ouch! How many times am I busy with good things, but am I obeying what God would have me to do with my life?
- Give God the glory for what He does through your life.
John C. Maxwell says it this way, “When God performs a miracle, He is signing His name to your story. Celebrate Him!” Like Maxwell reminds us in this chapter, when we think of what God has done for us — by either rescuing us from a sinful past or keeping us from a sinful past — we see His amazing love and grace for us. That should cause us to want to celebrate Him and to live for Him. Rahab did. She gave her life to her Redeemer, believed in His promise of a Savior to come, became a Jewish proselyte, married a Jewish man, and had a baby that would lead to the birth of her own Savior.
This week, I would encourage you to do what Maxwell says to do in this chapter:
Think about the things God has done for you. It is His way of signing His name to your story. Celebrate Him for that by giving Him your all. Praise His holy name.
Here are some posts I enjoyed reading from last week’s party:
- Is Rest The Forgotten Key To Your Emotional Wellbeing? from Lisa Murray
- NOBODY TRULY INTERESTING IS UNIVERSALLY LIKED from Kandy Apple Mama
- Have You Considered Your Own Disaster Preparedness? from Ask Dr. Ho
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