Emily Teterud – Marketing Coordinator
This weekend, we took a look at another story from the Old Testament displaying a characteristic about Jesus we may find surprising or counter cultural. In Jeremy’s message, he pointed out, through the story of Rahab, new concepts about our image and how it relates to God’s work in our lives.
If we’re honest, I think we’d admit it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of image management. In other words, we spend a lot of time crafting and calculating how we will come across to others. This affects us in relationships, in our families, and especially on social media. Image is a big deal, and we focus a lot of our attention on maintaining a certain reputation.
When we take a look at the story of Rahab, and her efforts to hide the Israelite spies from her own Canaanite King, we see a woman who is, from our perspective, an unlikely choice as a hero. We see her flaws from the beginning—she is a prostitute and she is a Canaanite (on the opposing side of the Israelites). Yet we find her legacy reaching far beyond this story and used in scripture as a strong example of faith.
The choice she made to hide the spies makes more sense when we realize the effort she had made in discovering who God is. She spoke with the spies about this and communicated her understanding of God as the God “above all.” In a culture with numerous gods and beliefs, this signified Rahab’s true understanding of God’s sovereignty. Today’s big idea stems from Rahab’s choice to look into the character of God: Those who look become those who participate.
We can get caught up in image and what makes the most sense from our limited view, but in doing so, we miss the opportunity waiting for us as God wants to use us in His Kingdom work. Rahab didn’t hesitate in participating in God’s plan due to her image as a prostitute, her culture and identity as a Canaanite, or any other setback. She sought Jesus. And when He revealed Himself and His character, she then participated in the work He would accomplish.
Do you find yourself waiting to respond to God based on your flaws? Are you hesitating and juggling the struggle of image management before you feel you’re ready to participate in what God wants to do in you? I encourage you to put aside those thoughts and those hesitations that so easily entangle you! It’s time to look into who God is, and to allow Him to lead you in participating in Kingdom work.
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
John 5:39-40; Joshua 2:1-11; Exodus 20:4; Deuteronomy 4:39; Deuteronomy 5:8; Matthew 1:5-6; Mark 2:17; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25b; Luke 7:34
Big Idea: Those who look become those who participate.
At Your Name – Phil Wickham
Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle
When You Walk Into the Room – Jesus Culture Music