Rahab’s New Story—Harlot to Heroine

Rahab’s New Story—Harlot to Heroine

This past Sunday, we studied about God rewriting the story of a harlot that lived in Jericho. By the end of our sermon, she became a heroine with a new life and new story. After the service, it was brought to our attention that the word Rahab, on the bulletin outline, was misspelled with the word “Rehab.” Even though it wasn’t intentional, it was probably appropriate. Rahab was put through a Grace and Faith Rehab. Matthew chapter 1 shows us that Rahab became the great grandmother of King David. Rahab was in the earthly lineage of the Lord Jesus Christ! Talk about a change of direction, right? Rahab didn’t deserve the safety and salvation of God, but God, in His grace, gave it to her. We too, because of our sin, don’t deserve the grace and goodness of God. Because of our sin, we deserve only the judgment and wrath of God. But the very definition of grace is God’s unmerited favor. Grace is unearned and unmerited. We cannot do anything “good” enough to earn our salvation from God. Thank God for His Amazing Grace! Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds us of this truth.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

If God can take a prostitute from Jericho, doomed to destruction, and change her life trajectory, then he can certainly change ours. No matter what your past looks like, God can TRANSFORM your past and REDEFINE your future. GOD IS IN THE TRANSFORMATION BUSINESS. God specializes in making a message out of our messes. What is the message? It is the message of the Transformational Power of God’s Grace. It is the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This world needs to see a picture of the gospel of God’s grace.

Leonard Ravenhill once wrote, “Our world is not waiting for a NEW DEFINITION of the gospel. Our world is waiting for a NEW DEMONSTRATION of the gospel.” What a true statement! Our world is waiting for an army, a generation of people who rise up and live transformed lives.

Let’s live out this grace-filled gospel before a lost and dying world. Remember that we are lost forever without God’s grace. Spend time this week soaking up the all-sufficient, all-encompassing grace of our Savior. We must first remember God’s grace, then we can reflect God’s grace to the world.

Together, Changed by His Grace,

Pastor Todd

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