“For the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens and on the earth beneath.” – Joshua 2:11
Every human being must answer the same question at some point in his or her life: “Will I surrender to the will of God or not?” Rahab was a Canaanite prostitute – not someone you would expect to find salvation by the hand of a holy God. But she surrendered. She saw the work of God. She discerned his power and at least a bit of his plan. It was enough for her.
Rahab made a radical choice, and we must ask ourselves whether we were anywhere near as radical when we became Christians. For Rahab, submitting to the will of God meant abandoning everything she’d ever known – not least of all her profession. For us, we might be tempted to walk delicately in our old ways while proclaiming we are part of something new.
True faith, however, permits us to leave the old ways with reckless abandon. It takes faith to submit to God. To have this faith means we trust God to save us from our own rebellion and selfishness, which put us outside his presence and in the path of his wrath. To have this faith also means we trust God to save us from the grasp of a world that suddenly will turn against us.
Don’t take your walk with Christ lightly. Trust him like Rahab trusted “God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” Leave the old stuff behind. Be radical in this one thing at least.