James 2:25, 26 The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape—that seamless unity of believing and doing—what counted with God? The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.
Judgement Day! That time when those who make it to Heaven – wherever it is – have to stand before God sitting on his throne and watch a movie of their lives and all that they’ve done wrong. All their many sins. And if there were some things they got right, it probably wasn’t that many and there certainly were not near enough “attagirls” to drown out the “ah shoots.”
At least that’s what I always thought.
And once you’ve been deemed a ‘bad’ girl there is just no way to overcome that. No matter how many Hail Mary full of graces you say. No amount of changing direction or finding a better group of friends or prayers for forgiveness. No amount of repentance – turning away from sin and turning to God – will make others see that you aren’t “that girl” anymore.
At least that’s how it felt at the time.
So you look for opportunities to get away from those who condemn. Look for places to go where you can make a clean start. With new people that don’t know about your wicked, sin-filled past. And if you’re lucky you get that break. I did.
But, did my thoughts about who I was change or just my zip code?
Rahab got a totally new beginning. She was a prostitute in Jericho. It says so in the Bible. But she decided she wanted out of the business. So, she put her faith to work. It was a risk, hiding those two spies. If caught, it meant certain death. But sometimes y’all, the pain of staying “safe” is just too much. Even when you don’t know what you’re stepping into.
There really are worse things than dying.
When Jericho was destroyed, Rahab and her family were safely relocated. A brand new beginning. Sometimes, you want to go where nobody knows your name. Then you can start all over again.
God redeemed Rahab’s past and made her into an integral part of our salvation. Rahab. The harlot.
How ’bout them apples! All you who said that girl would never amount to anything just because she’d had a rough start. That her children and their children would be tainted just like her.
As I’ve studied the Bible and learned more about God, I think Judgement Day won’t be nearly as bad as I’d imagined. Because if I repent of my sins while on earth, God won’t remember them when I get to the gateway of eternity. He says so in His word and I’ve decided to stand on that promise.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12 NIV
Therefore, I choose to trust that He has made me new. Not just a remodeled version of the old me. But a brand new creation in Him.
There is, therefore, now no condemnation. His forgiveness has made me pure, fresh, clean. Just like Rahab. The harlot. An ancestor of Jesus.
Read more about Rahab in earlier posts.
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