What Matters Most? Our Actions Show Our Righteousness

What Matters Most? Our Actions Show Our Righteousness

We discussed the faith of Abraham demonstrated through his willingness to act. This is understandable; we uphold Abraham as a great example of faith.

Yet after James talks about Abraham’s great faith in action (James 2:25), he immediately adds Rahab as another example. Rahab, you may recall, was a prostitute who risked her life to protect two Jewish spies—and she wasn’t even Jewish.

By one brave act, she showed her faith—her righteousness—and she was spared from death as a result.

Rahab gives me hope. She was a woman in a male-dominated society, worked in a reviled profession, and didn’t have the right heritage. She was the quintessential outsider, yet that didn’t matter.

Our past and our circumstances don’t matter to God, but the things we do now, that’s what matters.

[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Joshua 1-3 and today’s post is on Joshua 2:1-21.]

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of manmade traditions and practices. Read more in his blog, books, and personal weekly email updates.

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