“God doesn’t need other’s approval to use you.”
[[Based on a True Story: Joshua 2 & Joshua 6:22-25]]
They say prostitutes aren’t virtuous. I surely said it myself on numerous occasions. Who knows… you may have said it too yourself. The occupation you chose says that your moral values were considerable low. But, we never took the time to evaluate why was it this occupation that you pursued, such a dishonorable occupation. A prostitute. Was it for money? Was it to fill in a void? Was it for fun? You know, it doesn’t matter why you did it.
They say not to hang out with sinners because they might corrupt us. But you prove to have a bad lifestyle and yet be hospitable and caring. My letter to you might make some people mad and may raise some eyebrows. But my letter to you is much needed in my community.
We sing “Jericho mirail la krazé” (Jericho, the walls came down) at my church all the time. It is a victory song. The walls of Jericho came down. The Israelites captured Jericho. Funny thing is that I didn’t realize that all of this was possible because of your help. You, a prostitute, used to bring victory to the Israelites. To make the story even more interesting, you are in the lineage of Jesus, the most holy man. You begot Boaz. Boaz begot Obed. Obed begot Jesse. Jesse begot David and on and on. Then later on Jesus came.
Your anecdote teaches other women that you don’t have to be righteous to be used by God. Now, I’m not saying, go an sin as much. But I’m saying, don’t let your past disqualify you from being used by God. Don’t let people remind you that God won’t you because of your sin. God uses whomever He pleases.
Modern Day Rahab, just because you are a prostitute doesn’t mean that you are inutile to God. Divorcee, pregnant and not married, high school drop out. Drug addict, whatever title they give you, don’t let people make you feel unworthy to be used by God. God doesn’t need people’s permission or approval to use you. He uses those He desires. Not a single person will stop God from using you. Furthermore, not even you. Remember Jonah and Moses? Jonah didn’t want to send the message so he travelled far away. God still found a way to use him. Moses complained that he had a speech impediment so he couldn’t be God’s mouthpiece. In the end God still used him. Jesus came for the prostitute. He came for those who are spiritually ill. The savior is only for those who are dying. The doctor is only for the sick. Just because you lived in sin doesn’t mean you have to die in sin. Now, don’t be distorted, this grace shouldn’t be your license to sin. What man throws away God recycles, polishes and reuses. You are valuable. Don’t you forget it.
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