James used two examples from the Old Testament to illustrate the role of works in a person’s faith. The first one was Abraham. The second one was Rahab…
And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? (James 2:25)
You can read her story beginning in Joshua 2. Rahab protected the Israeli spies when they checked out the land before they conquered it. Even though she lived in the land of Canaan, she had faith in Israel’s God. It was more than just an intellectual faith, believing He exists. She demonstrated her faith by helping God’s people. For that reason, she and her family were spared, and allowed to live among God’s people. She is listed in Jesus’ Family Tree, as the great-great-grandmother of King David. What a great privilege! What a great story! Her life (and the lives of her family) took an amazing new turn for the better because she believed in Israel’s God, and was willing to put that faith in action!
Today’s Good News is that when we put our faith in action, God guides our steps and leads our lives on a wonderful journey of faith.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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