The People God Uses
Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 1,2; Psalm 37; 1 Corinthians 3
Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 2:1-24
I heard a story the other day about two Christians who were talking about sharing their faith with others. The first man asked the second about the last time he shared his faith with another person. With a sigh and a slight chuckle, the second man said, “I don’t really know enough to share my faith with others. I might say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing. I leave all of that to the “professional believers” (meaning pastors, ministers, missionaries, etc.).” When I heard this story, it really got me thinking – I believe there are many Christians that feel this way. They feel they do not know enough. They feel they are not strong enough. They believe God is only looking to use “professional believers” to advance His Kingdom. Of course, countless times in the Bible we find out that is simply not true. For example, none of the twelve disciples Jesus chose was a “professional believer”. Moses was not a “professional believer”. In fact, many times in the Bible we find that God uses the people we might least expect to advance His kingdom. Today’s key passage is a good example of God using an “amateur” to do His work.
Joshua had just taken over leading the Israelites following Moses death, and he decided to send two spies into Canaan to get some intelligence on what he would be facing when they entered the Promised Land. When the two spies arrived, they stayed at the home of a prostitute named Rahab. Is it just me, or does this seem like an unlikely choice? Why would two Israelite spies, themselves children of God, choose to stay with a prostitute? Knowing what we know about the Israelites at this time, you would think they would have avoided prostitutes, which leads us to the logical conclusion that God must have led them to Rahab’s house. God knew that Rahab was willing to help and could fill a role that God needed, because she had faith in Him. She was certainly not a “professional believer”, but instead of focusing on her past, God knew that her faith would make her useful. In addition, she really did not know a lot about God. She had heard stories about Him and knew about His almighty power, but that was about it. Even given her limited knowledge of God, she still stepped out in faith, hid the spies, and protected them from the soldiers who were looking for them. She later told the spies that she helped them because she knew that their God was the one true God. Because of her faith, we will find out later in Joshua 6:22-23 that she was spared when the Israelites took the city.
Have you ever shied away from sharing your faith because you are not a “professional believer”? Have you ever wondered if you “know enough” about God to really witness to others? Have you ever thought that if you did step out in faith that it might not go well? If so, I pray that you will read and meditate on the story of Rahab. God does not just want to use pastors, ministers, and missionaries to do His work on Earth. He does not want the “amateurs” to just sit on the sidelines cheering on the “professionals”. He wants you to get in the game! He wants you to share your faith. He wants you to share His Word. He wants you to reach other people for Him. He wants to use you to advance His Kingdom. It does not matter what you have done in your past. It does not matter if you are an “unlikely” candidate. It does not matter how much you know, or how much you have studied. If you have faith in God, he can use you. All you have to do is take a step.
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