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Hey there, world changer!
Too often, I find that we label ourselves or are labeled by others by what we do, not necessarily by our identity or who we are.
There is a story in Joshua that I’ve been camping on, the story of a prostitute named Rahab. To give you a little context, Moses had just passed away and Joshua was instructed by God to lead the Israelites to the promised land. In his pursuit, he sent two spies to Jericho to scout the land and they came to Rahab’s house and stayed there (Joshua 2). Rahab courageously hid the spies in her home with the tradeoff that the Israelites would spare her household. In Joshua 6, when the Israelites conquered Jericho, they fulfilled their promise to Rahab and spared only she and her family.
What’s interesting is that nearly every time Rahab was mentioned in this story, she was labeled as a prostitute, even in the New Testament. After rereading this story a few times, what I picked up on was that Rahab was a woman that understood political affairs and her actions were actually heroic in that she strategically helped God’s people take the land that he destined to give them. She was courageous and demonstrated great faith. And, God redeemed her life.
My question to you today is what label have you allowed yourself to put on that contradicts your identity in Jesus? Do you associate who you are with your past, maybe a mistake you’ve made or even a struggle you can’t seem to get past? My friend, you are redeemed by a loving Father who calls you His daughter. You are chosen. You are redeemed. And, you are more than worthy of every good thing He has planned for your life.
If Rahab, a prostitute, can do great and mighty things for God, so can you!
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