Previously, I had written about Rahab the Canaanite prostitute whom God used for the purpose of handing the city of Jericho over to the Israelites in my aricle “The Unlikely Ally”.
Remember, the initial time Moses had sent spies to investigate the city, many came back afraid! These people were called God’s people but they didn’t trust that God would hand this city over to them. Yes, they witnessed a lot of miracles but this time, they allowed the present reality to override the memories of the mighty acts of God. (Numbers 13:1-14:4)
They were looking at the size of the giants, they were considering physical attributes, they were judging God’s word which already promised them victory based on their own efforts and they belittled God’s power and indirectly considered the mighty men of that city superior to God. But on another tour into the city, the two men sent by Joshua encountered a prostitute whose name is Rahab. (Joshua 2:1-24)
Rahab would be considered morally bankrupt but this same woman had the simple faith some Israelites didn’t have. She knew her city had mighty men but somehow, she believed that the God of the Israelites has handed the city of Jericho over to the Israelites. Prior to the day the two men encountered her, God had already chosen her to play a role!
Somehow, we are seeing a similar scenario happen in every age! We see how Jesus approached Paul on his way to Damascus (Act 9:1-9) and we see how Jesus had chosen “an enemy” for a great project. It so sad that it is Christians who seem to look down on God’s mercy, Christianity has never been based on works, it has never considered merit, it has never considered efforts. There isn’t any kind of works in Christianity that is not powered by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). In Christianity, we work because we have been empowered and separated to do so, we don’t work to be empowered or to be chosen. Many people still find it hard to believe this.
Rahab was a prostitute but Rahab was a woman chosen by God for a specific purpose! I am not over flogging the subject of God using anyone, we should see even the worst people around us as potential vessels unto honour. In this age, Saul who became Paul would be considered a terrorist and in other words, God chose a terrorist for His purpose. No person encounters God and remains the same. Let me bring it home a bit.
Selena Gomez, Justin Beiber, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Demi Lovato and many more celebrities, atheists all people of diverse religion are all professing Jesus as their Lord and saviour and you think God isn’t raising armies in the most unusual way? Some of these people weren’t convinced by preachers, some of them had personal experiences with God which prompted them into accepting something they had never believed in before or stopped believing in.
Kanye West just declared he is going to focus on “Gospel Music”, Demi Lovato just got baptized, I also learnt Nicki Minaj is leaving the secular music industry. Oh yeah, some things may not be doctrinally correct based on your own analysis but this is what the Bible says “if you shall believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you shall be saved.” The change you are expecting may take time to become a reality before your very eyes but God works in ways you may not even understand and He sees you very differently.
Unfortunately, some Christians are yet to understand what is happening, just like the Israelites who were scared of the Canaanites, they aren’t convinced that God can use the people they regard “worst sinners” and they want to question a lot of things! They would say “but Nicki is still getting naked, but Justin is still doing this and Selena is still doing that… Kanye may not be mentally stable…” This shows that some of us are yet to understand what Christianity is and some of us don’t trust the change that Jesus brings yet! This is why we would regard what God is doing as a publicity stunt!
How God works may be unpopular, unexpected and uncommon but Jesus is changing lives and drawing men to Himself. Like I will always say, there are people God will reach through these people we consider sinners that He may not reach through you. Their lives are testimonies that nothing is impossible with God, this will always leave atheists confused because they can’t understand why people who seem to have all they want suddenly say “they still felt a vacuum which only Jesus could fill!”
What you owe these people are your prayers and not your logic and criticism! God chose them the way they are and you should be praying for them. You should be celebrating what God is doing at this age and when possible, you should be encouraging them. You may not even be better than these people when your profile is opened. Some of us are just very good outside because we keep all our worse behaviours behind closed doors.
The Bible says in Romans 5:8 “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. We weren’t better, we aren’t worth more than the worst person on earth and we have no justifiable reason to think of ourselves better than anyone. It is to this regard that: Jesus said in Luke 6:37 “you shouldn’t judge!” Next time you meet people who seem to be “bad” or morally bankrupt, just know that you just met a potential vessel unto honour. Treat them with respect, treat them with love but be sincere with them about what God wants of them.
Our duty is not to calculate who God can use and how He should use them. We weren’t called to judge people and condemn them, it is anti-christian! We are rather called to love men like Christ would, to show them the love of God in the most sincere way and to reconcile men with God who loves them and have made every possible arrangement to bring them into union with Himself. (2 Corinthians 5:11-21)